Magpies aiming high
Harleston Magpies Men take on National League side Kingston-upon-Hull away in a play-off gamethis weekend looking to gain promotion back into the National League.
Harleston Magpies Men take on National League side Kingston-upon-Hull away in a play-off game
this weekend looking to gain promotion back into the National League.
After a draw against Fareham, Magpies need to pick up maximum points to put them in a good position before the three-game finale at Cannock. They have watched their opposition and feel if they can play to their potential they can secure the points.
Robert Stimpson said after the Fareham game: “A number of our players were surprised at the pace of our game on Sunday.
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“This was a much higher standard than we have experienced all season and we need to maintain this over the remaining games.
“I don't expect Hull to be as skilfull or quick as Fareham, but I believe we will be in a much tougher, physical encounter.”
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Harleston took on South League winners Fareham in their first play-off game on Sunday.
The team flew out off the blocks, stringing passes together and pushing hard, buoyed by the massive crowd.
With only a couple of minutes on the clock Fareham were reduced to 10 men with a clumsy challenge.
Good play down the left from Tristan Baynes and Carl Sitch found players queuing up in the middle when Andy Hipwell slid the ball under the advancing keeper.
Later, a Hipwell short corner was turned onto the bar by the keeper.
After the break Harleston snatched a quick goal when Carl Sitch slotted in from close range.
Fareham started to push but resilient defending from David Ling halted many of the attacks prematurely. Harleston were dealt a blow when Richard Gill, who was dominating midfield, was harshly sent off following a stick tackle.
Down a man, Harleston allowed their concentration to slip and Fareham managed to snatch a goal with a well-taken finish.
Back up to the full 11, Harleston started to find their rhythm again, but Fareham banged in an equaliser at a short corner.
Magpies say a big 'thank you' to all the supporters.