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Harleston Magpies Ladies claim fourth in Super 6s Indoor Championships Division One


By Sport Diss


Harleston Magpies Ladies finished in a respectable fourth position in Division One of the Super 6s Indoor Championships at the weekend.

AMONG THE GOALS: Emma Lee-Smith found the target several times for Magpies at the weekend
AMONG THE GOALS: Emma Lee-Smith found the target several times for Magpies at the weekend

Magpies travelled to Nottingham for the second weekend of indoor action and started the day in second place, just ahead of Surbiton on goal difference, but three points behind the leaders Sutton Coldfield.

Harleston did not play that well in their opening match against Gloucester City, but still managed to lead 2-1 and 3-2.

However, they could not play out the final 50 seconds, as Gloucester equalised from a penalty corner with no further time left on the clock.

Emma Lee-Smith, Lara Taylor and Debbie Francis had earlier found the target to put Magpies in front.

In the second match of the weekend, Harleston found themselves 3-0 and 4-1 down against Reading, but pulled back a crucial goal just before half time to make it 4-2.

In the second half, Magpies responded well and went on to finish as 6-4 winners, with goals coming from Sarah Brook (two), Lauren Barber (two) and Lee-Smith (two).

It meant that Harleston went into Sunday with a crunch match against Sevenoaks, which they needed to win to stay in contention for promotion.

But Sevenoaks proved too strong and really punished Magpies on the counter attack, leaving them 4-1 down at half time.

As hard as they tried, Harleston could not get back into the match and eventually lost 6-2, with Brook and Barber the goalscorers.

Before the final match, Surbiton had won the league and Sutton Coldfield were confirmed in second place.

However, Magpies finished the tournament playing some excellent hockey, coming back from 2-0 down at half time to score three goals at the start of the second half to lead 3-2.

Lauren Rowe (two) and Lee-Smith had sparked the comeback by finding the target, but Sutton Coldfield levelled the score at 3-3 to ensure there was no winner.

After two hard weekends of hockey, Magpies finished in fourth spot in Division One, but were not quite able to challenge the top two teams, who won promotion to the Premier Division.

  • Meanwhile, the Men’s side, which included Raunaq Rai, Jack Hobbs and John Livings, who replaced Leigh Sitch, Tristan Baynes and Simon Hipwell, ended their Division One campaign in fifth position.

They got off to a cracking start with a 9-3 win over St Albans and continued to move up the table, but eventually finished in fifth spot.

Magpies head straight back to league action with a trip to Letchworth tomorrow (2pm).



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