Good season ends for Magpies
Harleston Magpies can reflect on a good hockey season - the ladies finishing in fourth and the men in seventh.Harleston Magpies 2, Sevenoaks 2Sevenoaks arrived for the final English Hockey League Women's East Conference game of the season level on points with Ipswich at the top of the league.
Harleston Magpies can reflect on a good hockey season - the ladies finishing in fourth and the men in seventh.
Harleston Magpies 2, Sevenoaks 2
Sevenoaks arrived for the final English Hockey League Women's East Conference game of the season level on points with Ipswich at the top of the league.
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Sevenoaks were forced on to the back foot from the very first minute as Magpies put their defence under real pressure.
Artemis Clark, Angie Wheelhouse and Cherry Seaborn up front gave Sevenoaks no time on the ball. Magpies were totally dominant in the first half but were not able to take their chances. Ellie Bale at right midfield was forced to leave the pitch after a nasty cut to her head from a stick.
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With two minutes to go to half-time, Magpies deservedly took the lead when Emily Wilford was the first to react to a loose ball in the circle and scored, reverse stick.
Sevenoaks made a better start to the second half and Magpies were forced into defending difficult situations with Calianne Clark making a number of saves.
Magpies increased their lead when Bale, back on the pitch, popped up in the circle for 2-0.
But Magpies lost concentration as Sevenoaks broke down the right and pulled a goal back. Worse was to follow, as Sevenoaks instantly won a penalty corner and levelled the scores.
Sevenoaks 5, Harleston Magpies Men 2
Despite this defeat in the last game of the season, Harleston finished a very creditable seventh in their first season back in the National League. They can look forward to another good season next year as they have grown in confidence and experience.
The visitors soon found themselves a goal down, then the hosts added another.
Harleston started to settle more but Sevenoaks soon extended their lead following another good move.
Harleston managed to pull a goal back when Jamie Legg forced the ball over the line following a good move. Sevenoaks restored their three-goal advantage.
Andy Hipwell's short corner was dummied by Pete Bale, sending the keeper the wrong way. The hosts got another goal on the break.