Harleston rue their misses
Harleston 1, Holcombe 1HARLESTON played their second home game of the season, welcoming Holcombe to Weybread. Both teams started on three points in fourth and fifth place, only separated by goal difference.
Harleston 1, Holcombe 1
HARLESTON played their second home game of the season, welcoming Holcombe to Weybread.
Both teams started on three points in fourth and fifth place, only separated by goal difference.
Harleston started slowly, allowing Holcombe to pressurise their back line which resulted in a turn over ball which keeper Harms had to react quickly to close down the shot which David Matthews fired over.
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Despite a lot of the ball Harleston didn't create their first chance until 10 minutes when Hipwell was released into the D but could not force the ball past the keeper.
The defensive unit worked well together looking improved down the left with Baynes and Sitch ending Holcombe attacks.
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Harleston had Gill to thank after he picked the ball off the line from a short-corner strike, soon after this Harleston again switched the ball round the pitch well again releasing Hipwell into the D again but he was foiled by the keeper.
The scores remained even for the rest of the half despite good flowing hockey from both teams.
In the second half Leate battled well at left-back, making two crunching tackles forcing Holcombe back on to the defensive.
Harleston finally found the break through when Baynes and Hipwell combined releasing Ben Gowing who coolly pulled the ball back before slotting it home expertly.
Harleston took their foot off the gas and paid the price five minutes later when the ball was turned over on the half way leaving Ling one on one at the back causing him to dive in resulting in a penalty flick and a caution. Dave Matthews stepped up and slotted the flick past Harms.
Harleston tried to raise their game but saw their chances dashed when Gill was shown a yellow card leaving the team down to 10 - despite the disadvantage the team dug deep. With the team back to 11 Graves rounded the keeper before pulling the ball back to Hipwell who could only find a post.
Again Harleston were reduced to 10 men when Toulson saw yellow and the momentum swung back to Holcombe who pressurised with two short corners.
Harleston were left to rue their chances, but they now look forward to their away trip at Chelmsford.