Harleston Magpies Over 50s 3 ISCA Over 50s 3 magpies won 5-4 on strokes
With Richmond eliminated for failing to abide by the regulations, Magpies faced ISCA who had narrowly lost to Richmond in the previous round. The venue was the National Sports Centre at Bisham Abbey.
Magpies were lacking Clyde Camburn, now in rehab following an op and Jon Wells who has been kidnapped and taken away under duress to Dominica. These absences were offset by both Blackmores being available.
Magpies started of brightly and it was no surprise when they took the lead when a speedy break ended with Jim Stather deflecting a Cobbald cross past the hapless ISCA goalkeeper. The lead was doubled when a direct shot from Philip Cobbald at Magpies first short corner thudded into the back board.
Magpies failed to maintain this lead as a poorly pushed out short corner confused the defence and an ISCA forward would have been surprised with the time he had in front of goal and scored despite a valiant effort by Murray Graham.
ISCA now had much more of the game as Magpies struggled to keep possession and the game was turned around when two more short corner goals saw Magpies fall behind. If you thought the vultures were gathering then you were close as Red Kites hung in the air above the pitch.
As the game went into its final minute Magpies won a short corner and then another
Either Philip Cobbald deliberately aimed wide of the goal and Jon Aldridge was in exactly the right position to deflect the ball into the net.
Or Philip Cobbald pulled his shot which was going wide but then struck the stick of the unsighted Jon Aldridge and the ball gently lobbed into the net. The equaliser came with 50 seconds left.
The game went to strokes with each team scoring four from the initial five. Then Philip Cobbald scored to send Magpies ahead and this was followed by a save by Murray Graham. It was then explained to Murray that since we were now into sudden death strokes we had won.
Thanks to our supporters (three) who out shouted those from ISCA (0) and to Keith Alexander.
Magpies are now through to the semi final. Draw tomorrow.
(Dave B you owe me!)