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Harleston Magpies Ladies 4, Dereham 1

HOCKEY: Magpies, who this Sunday host league leaders Sevenoaks, picked up their seventh consecutive win with a 4-1 victory away to Dereham.

Magpies scored an early goal after just four minutes when Bryony Lund was quick to follow in on goal after the initial short corner strike was saved by the Dereham keeper. Magpies were kept at bay for the majority of the second half.

However, Emily Wilford broke through the Dereham defence three minutes from half-time and put away a clinical shot from the top of the circle to put Magpies 2-0 up.

The second half, while Magpies enjoyed the share of possession, Dereham looked dangerous on the counter-attack and Magpies were forced to pull off some key tackles to deny opportunities in on goal throughout the half. Magpies most promising attacks came from Artemis Clark down the right with good build-up play from Lucy Miller and Lund. Verity Blyth and Sarah Brook also worked well to win Magpies some vital short corners, from which Magpies were looking increasingly like scoring.

Lund scored her second from a penalty stroke after a short corner strike hit a Dereham foot on the line. Charlotte Lee-Smith made a couple of excellent saves from Dereham breaks. Dereham were rewarded with their goal after Hannah Palmer scored a superb deflection. However, the game was put beyond Dereham just a few minutes later when Frances Sumner converted a penalty corner.

Whilst this may not have been Magpies' best performance, they can be pleased with their continued run of wins and go joint on 29 points with fourth-place Ipswich. With only two points separating four teams in the top five, there is still much to play for in the final two games.

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Harleston Magpies Men 4, Bromley 4

Harleston Men went into their last home game in vital need of some points to ease any relegation fears, while Bromley were trying to cement their place in the top four.

Stuart Leate interchanged well with Tristan Baynes, before finding himself in enough space to score with his reverse-stick shot.

Gareth Furlong from a short corner, made it 2-0 to the home side, who took even more control of the game as Bromley were reduced to 10 men for five minutes following a yellow card. The extra man advantage was short-lived as Magpies then received their own yellow card.

The second half saw Bromley come out fighting, and they scored from a well-worked move, and then made it 2-2 and then went one ahead.

Magpies didn't fold and started coming back into it as they won a short corner. Furlong dispatched it, making the scores level. Ben Wright won another short corner for the home side and Furlong clinched his hat-trick. But Bromley weren't finished and added the equaliser. A hugely entertaining game.