DONCASTER 4 – 1 HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES
Harleston Magpies Ladies gave a much improved performance and with a little more experience could have come close to getting a result. Magpies survived some early pressure but took the lead after about 15 minutes from a penalty corner when the Doncaster goalkeeper saved a fierce strike from Artemis Clark and deflected it on to the crossbar and Angie Wheelhouse was the first to react as she scored with a reverse stick shot.
Cherry Seaborn and Angie Wheelhouse were combining well up front whilst Jess Hull was having a strong game at left midfield. Magpies visibly grew in confidence but unfortunately conceded an equaliser before half time.
At this stage Magpies were right in the game and they needed to make a good start to the second half to continue their good work. Just 50 seconds into the second half Doncaster scored the decisive second goal which turned the game away from Magpies. The third and fourth goals came from penalty corners and were very avoidable as through lack of experience Magpies gave away cheap corners and paid the penalty. This is one of the areas this young side will need to work on but experience takes time.
Magpies responded well and produced some of their best attacking moments of the game with Artemis Clark attacking strongly from right midfield supported by Lucy Miller. Angie Wheelhouse was unlucky not to add a second goal when her fierce shot from a penalty corner rebounded off the post.
Overall Magpies gave a much improved performance from the previous week with a better shape and some excellent pressing of the ball which meant Doncaster knew they had been in a game. This is the way Magpies need to continue as the younger players learn the ropes at this level.