Honours even for Harleston

Harleston Magpies 2, Bromley and Beckenham 2HARLESTON started in high spirits after their 6-0 thumping of Chelmsford last weekend however they knew that the Bromley side would pose a bigger threat than their Kent rivals.

Harleston Magpies 2, Bromley and Beckenham 2

HARLESTON started in high spirits after their 6-0 thumping of Chelmsford last weekend however they knew that the Bromley side would pose a bigger threat than their Kent rivals.

Bromley started the stronger forcing Harleston onto the back foot, the home side struggling to string passes together and turning the ball over too easily in vital positions.

Despite the early pressure Richard Harms was only called into action to palm the ball away after a deflection in the D.


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About 10 minutes in Harleston started to find their rhythm Tristan Baynes reaching the base line before playing a superb ball across the face of the goal which brought a great double save from the Bromley keeper to deny Andy Hipwell.

With the game now open Harms again was called into action saving smartly from a well-worked short corner. Five minutes after this Harleston took the lead after Tom Dunnett released Tristan Baynes at the top of the circle, the experienced midfielder calmly slotted the ball to Simon Hipwell who fired home on his National ague debut.

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Harleston could have doubled their lead when Tom Dunnett flashed a ball across goal which was inches away from Hipwell's and Toulson's stick. The score however remained 1-0 at half-time.

With an open start to the second half Bromley started to increase the pressure hassling the Magpies defence trying to force them into a mistake. The tide turned when Bromley where reduced to 10 men, Harleston were able to maintain possession of the ball it was from movement round the back that the second goal started.

After a quick transfer the ball was fed into Baynes in midfield who found Dunnett free the skilful midfielder then thread the ball through to Andy Hipwell to smash home from the top of the circle.

Harleston were then reduced to 10 men forcing pressure onto the home side although they weathered the storm well, David Ling clearing one attempt off the line.

Eventually Bromley found the important goal from a short corner. From here it was all one way with Harleston conceding from another corner but managing to hold on for a point in a game which could have gone either way.

This week the team make the long trip to Canterbury in what promises to be a tough encounter.

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