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Harleston Magpies make winning return against Barnes after indoor break

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Harleston magpies made a winning return to action in their first game after the indoor break as they beat Barnes 3-1 in the Investec Women’s League Conference East.

Magpies started the game strongly but struggled to make the most of their possession. Mid-way through the half Magpies conceded a short corner which Barnes converted. This changed the momentum of the game and put Barnes on the front foot.

Magpies stood strong, opening their account four minutes later after Lauren Rowe dispossessed the Barnes defender and found Emma Lee-Smith who coolly rounded the goalkeeper and slotted home.

Rowe doubled Magpies’ score, deflecting in a penalty corner to make it 2-1 at half-time.

The second half started with Magpies determined to extend their lead. The defence were holding a high line, putting pressure on the Barnes forwards whenever they got the ball.

Magpies forced a few short corners but a solid Barnes defence thwarted the home team’s efforts. Barnes were restricted to attacking on the break and did force a short corner of their own but the Magpies’ defence remained steadfast.

Eventually Magpies found the third goal that they were looking for from another penalty corner. Abby Gooderham flicked to the goalkeeper’s left and, despite hitting a defender’s stick, there was too much power for her to keep it out.

Barnes continued to look to hit Magpies on the break but the home team repelled all advances. Magpies looked to control the game with their slick passing although clear cut chances were not forthcoming and the game finished 3-1.

Magpies were pleased to kick off the second half of the season with a vital win. Next week Magpies have another home game against bottom-placed Chelmsford.

Squad: Charlotte Peet (GK), Lucy Belsey (Capt.) Lauren Barber, Katrina Sitch, Louisa Greenacre, Lottie Summers, Debbie Francis, Charlie Harrison, Rose Winter, Annie Nunn, Lucy Whiting, Abby Gooderham, Emma Lee-Smith, Lauren Rowe.

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