1st Team v St Albans L 1-3
Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents came into this week’s game sitting top of the league and full of confidence after a great performance the previous weekend. There were a few changes to the squad with Rose Winter and Georgie Cantrell unavailable due to school commitments and Lucy Whiting injured. Magpies did however welcome back Emma Lee-Smith and Louisa Greenacre both having recovered from injury.
The game started with St Albans winning battles all over the pitch but failing to produce any real chances, allowing Magpies time to recompose and up their own intensity. The home side started to press with Tor Findlay and Lizzie Clymer setting the pace and forcing the turnover. Emma Lee-Smith continued this great work and won the ball mid press, taking on and beating with excellent skill a couple of the St Albans players before setting up Jess Bloom. A beautiful reverse stick strike into the roof of the net put Magpies 1-0 ahead.
Unfortunately, Magpies lost the momentum that they had gained and some good play from St Albans saw them work their way up the pitch, pressurising the defence. A short corner was awarded which was converted to bring the scores level just before half-time.
The second half started with the same intensity but it was scrappy with both sides failing to maintain possession and allowing through balls down the centre of the pitch. St Albans took advantage of this and were able to convert a chance from open play, 2-1.
Despite Magpies best efforts and injuries coming from all angles they could not find an equaliser and with just a couple of minutes to play, another loss in possession up the field led to St Albans having a breakaway attack which they converted well at the back post.
Magpies were left frustrated after a difficult afternoon and a 3-1 loss. Next week, the squad hope to get back to winning ways as they travel to Horsham.
Squad: Lauren Barber (Capt), Megan Brown(GK), Katrina Sitch, Louisa Greenacre, Debbie Francis, Fran Burrell, Lara Taylor, Charlie Harrison, Lauren Rowe, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay, Emma Lee-Smith, Jess Bloom and Charley Seaman.