Harleston Magpies Men’s 1st team match report

Cambridge City 2nds 1 Harleston Magpies 2

Harleston Magpies Men’s 1s sponsored by Dynamic Sports Shop made the relatively short journey to bottom of the table Cambridge City 2s.

After a vigorous game of cricket in which the standard of fielding was of highest quality, the game got under way. Magpies who were playing their first game since head coach Ben Wright departed for Australia, welcomed into the squad Jack Hobbs for his 1st team debut. Harleston started slowly and City were quickly testing Magpies’ back line with the men in black and white defending resolutely.

As the half went on Magpies started to find their foot in the game and with a young, quick forward line threatened to get behind City. Although it was the Cambridge side who were creating good shooting opportunities and winning corners only to be saved and repelled by the Magpies’ back line.

At the end of the first half a good Magpies break ended with Stuart Leate putting the ball on the foot of a City defender and winning a corner. With the corner ticking into overtime pies pushed everyone forward, a slick move with Sam Paterson beating the first man and then putting it on a plate for Simon Hipwell at the back post to score his first goal in over a year meant Magpies took a deserved 1-0 lead into half time.

The second half started, Magpies spurred on by taking the lead, quickly put Cambridge on the back foot and some slick connections between the back and midfield lines started to open up the pitch only for Cambridge to take their turn in repelling any attacks. 10 minutes into the second half an aerial from Sam Paterson over the top of City’s defence allowed Simon Hipwell to run in on goal only to be brought down luckily before he could pull the trigger. This allowed Sam Paterson to step up and score making it 2-0.

Magpies continued their pressure but could not carve out any clear cut chances in front of goal, Cambridge knowing they had to score and quickly started to hit Magpies on the break. Stretching a tiring Magpies side, despite this Magpies dug in and showed the grit and dogged determination that they’re traditionally known for to stop any attacks.

Until with 60 minutes on the clock a Cambridge long ball was missed trapped and fell to a City forward in the circle who tried to round John Livings, only for his tackle to be deemed back stick and a stroke awarded. Cambridge stepped up and converted, 2-1.

With time running out Cambridge were pushing for the equalising goal and throwing everyone forward, Magpies took advantage of this and with the dying seconds of the game a quick thinking aerial from Simon Hipwell in his own half allowed our Belgium international, Vincent Leruth, in on goal. He kept his calm and held the ball up for a supporting Simon Hipwell who found Matt Bensly breaking forward to support his team mate to slot home from close range. 3-1.

Next up for Magpies is Saffron Walden at the nest, where Magpies will be looking to build on this week’s impressive display.

Mom – Tom Ridley.