Harleston Magpies 6 – Cambridge City 2nds 1
Harleston Magpies hosted Cambridge in a fixture that saw the return of a few familiar faces to the club, Zum Akhter and Donnie Archer were representing Cambridge after their brief stints at Harleston last season. With the harsh weather conditions subsiding the game got underway and chances were created at either end. The majority of possession was with the home side, but the first blood was drawn by ex-magpie Zum Akhter when a short corner flick hit a foot on the line and he neatly converted the subsequent penalty flick.
The home team rallied after this initial setback, dug deep and started producing some attacking flair producing chance after chance. Harleston player coach Ben Wright continued his vein of fine form scoring their first drag flick of the match. The momentum well and truly shifted and the Harleston team’s quick counter-attacking hockey became too much for their opponents. Ben Wright added a second, Jack Knight scored another superb diving deflection before Matt Richardson rounded off the first half scoring with an expertly taken upright reverse stick finish.
With the home team in control they struggled to play at the same intensity as they did in the first half and although John Livings was rarely troubled in goal thanks to excellent defensive displays from Sam Paterson, Andrew Bedwell, Leigh Sitch, Tom Sumner and man of the match Tom Ridley the home side were only able to add two more goals to their tally. Ben Wright completed his hatrick before Richard Larkin calmly sat Donnie Archer down before flicking the ball over him to score his first 1st team goal. Harleston did create more chances but some ambitious finishing meant that they could not extend their lead.
The final score ended 6-1 to the home team who look to continue climbing the table and keep their aspirations of promotion alive.
Photos courtesy of Pat Leate