It’s ten out of ten for impressive Harleston
Marlingford 1, Harleston Town 4
FOOTBALL: Harleston maintained their 100 per cent start to the season by recording their 10th win in as many games with an impressive performance at Marlingford.
Town welcomed back Rob Goodwin in goal, Fionn Goodwin Wright in attack and the influential Paul Bliss returned to the back four to skipper the side. Opening exchanges of the game were even but Harleston found their stride quicker than the hosts and began to play some very neat passing football.
Town took a deserved lead when Bram Goodwin Wright showed great skill to beat his man and deliver a fine cross to David Norman who controlled the ball well before volleying into the roof of the net from 20 yards to open the scoring.
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Harleston continued to pass the ball well and were creating good openings every time they went forward.
Town did not have to wait long for the second goal when five minutes later Lee West deep delivery was well controlled by Bram Goodwin Wright before the winger despatched a low finish into the bottom corner to double the visitors' advantage.
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Harleston now looked to be cruising, however they gifted their hosts a lifeline when an error in the Town defence from their own throw-in let in the Marlingford forward to score, despite the best efforts of Goodwin in the Harleston goal to keep the ball out.
This mini revival did not last long and almost immediately from the restart David Norman's quality through-ball released James Trudgill who beat the Marlingford keeper to the ball before smashing it into the empty net.
Harleston continued to push forward with full-back Lee West causing Marlingford problems with his positive running and good delivery.
Jake Imrie was denied at close range by a good save and James Trudgill's acrobatic effort went marginally wide.
Marlingford started the second half well, taking the game to Harleston looking to get back into the match, Rob Goodwin having to tip a speculative effort over the bar – however other than this they were failing to create any chances of note.
It was Harleston who scored the decisive goal when the impressive Bram Goodwin Wright picked out James Trudgill with another good delivery, and Trudgill unleashed an unstoppable left-foot volley into the roof of the net.
Town were now enjoying themselves and were carving out some good chances, Fionn Goodwin Wright going close with a well-struck volley and Jake Imrie firing just over from a free kick whilst at the other end Marc Pearce cleared off the line to deny Marlingford a second goal.
JD Young man of the match: James Trudgill, another fine display from Town's in-form midfielder. capped with a stunning second goal.