Search

Hockey: Magpies men throw away lead at Teddington

18:45 14 March 2012

Teddington 3, Harleston Magpies Men 3

Magpies made a second trip in as many weeks to South West London to play Teddington who were six points ahead of them and had narrowly won at Weybread in the last half of the season.

The team was almost at full strength with only Stuart Leate missing through injury. The game started in bright warm sunshine in the leafy suburb and Magpies came out of the traps in earnest. Good pressing lead to a well won short corner down the left which was well converted low and hard by Elliot Smith past the flailing Italian keeper. Teddington responded to this early goal and pressed high up the pitch looking for any chance to draw level. Initially Magpies’ defence stood firm but one of Teddingtons more skill players wriggled his way through on 13 minutes and drilled a back hand strike into the bottle left corner. The home side then dictated much of the rest of the half with only a few breaks by the visitors. The away side went down to 10 men on two occasions when the goal scorer Smith was harshly sin binned with a yellow card only to be send back on by the technical delegate after 2 minutes thinking a green card had been shown. The umpire then realised this error a few minutes later and Smith was left to sit out the remainder of the half.

Magpies regrouped and again started the second half in a strong fashion. Unbelievably they were denied a penalty stroke despite a defender stopping the ball rolling into the goal with his body whilst lying on the ground. A short corner was given which was converted at the second attempt when Tristan Baynes’ shot was deflected home by a defender. Soon it was 3-1 when James Fanger stole the ball of a defend down the right, fed Ben Wright who produced a perfect cross which was tapped in, in vintage fashion, by Richard Ling at the back post. Magpies had got themselves into a great position Witt he chance for only their third win of the season but after a facial injury and short term patch up for captain Mark Wheelhouse, Teddington dragged themselves back into the game.

Ex GB international Callum Giles star of the Atlanta Olympics 1996, the same year Rhodrif Furlong of Magpies was born, scored a trade mark short corner to make it 3-2. Only five minutes later a second corner was scored after an initial save by Man of the Match Reese Leonard fell to a forward whose shot took an unfortunate deflection off Baynes to make it all square at 3-3. Both sides had their chances to win the game but in the end a draw was probably a fair result, although Magpies will again be disappointed to have let a two-goal lead slip.

Next week Magpies have a must win game at home to Indian Gymkana and all support will be most welcome.

0 comments

Other Diss sport

Stephen Harvey, grounded, in action for Fakenham Town. Picture: TONY MILES

The players of Fakenham Town are determined to make Wayne Anderson’s Ghosts’ swansong a winning one.

Thu, 06:30
One of the Stratton Motorsport Lotus Evora GT4s.

Stratton Motorsport will be the biggest team contesting the British GT GT4 Championship this year having taken delivery of a pair of new Lotus Evora sports cars for the newly-announced UltraTek Racing squad to add to the Edwards sisters’, Jade and Chloe, Aston Martin GT4 challenge.

Thu, 06:30
Mike Derbyshire during his team as manager of Great Yarmouth Town. Picture: Mike Derbyshire

Mike Derbyshire is aiming to get his managerial career back on track at Almary Green Anglian Combination Premier Division side Cromer Town.

Mon, 11:00

Diss travelled to Chelmsford with high hopes that a bonus point win would eventually lead to automatic promotion.

Most Read

Mon, 11:00

Diss travelled to Chelmsford with high hopes that a bonus point win would eventually lead to automatic promotion.

Read more
Stephen Harvey, grounded, in action for Fakenham Town. Picture: TONY MILES

The players of Fakenham Town are determined to make Wayne Anderson’s Ghosts’ swansong a winning one.

Read more
Diss
Thu, 10:26
Gary ONeil has high hopes for Norwich City once the current international break finishes. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

The break is an inconvenience for Norwich City says Gary O’Neil, but they have an advantage as the Championship promotion race hits top gear over Easter.

Read more
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Norwich City's new loan signing Graham Dorrans is a familiar face to Alex Neil. 
Picture by Simon Finlay.

Five seasons ago Graham Dorrans was the man that fired West Brom back to the Premier League – now the Scot hopes to hit his prime and repeat the trick at Norwich City.

Read more
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Bradley Johnson of Norwich scores his sides 1st goal during the Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road, Norwich. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

In the latest edition of Mustard TV’s Norwich City fanzine Three Up Front, the panel discusses Bradley Johnson’s new contract, victory over Wolves and all the week’s events involving the Canaries and the Championship.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 4°C

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Diss Mercury e-edition today E-edition