Ladies 1st Team v Sevenoaks (Away (L) L3-4)
Harleston Magpies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents came very close to completing a remarkable comeback at high flying Sevenoaks only to end up disappointed on the wrong end of a 4-3 defeat.
Thanks to massive delays on the M25, the hosts agreed to a delayed 2.15pm push back and it was Sevenoaks that exerted the initial pressure spending a lot of time in Magpies’ half without seriously threatening their goal. Despite the dominant possession enjoyed by Sevenoaks they found it difficult to penetrate the Magpies’ D. As the half wore on, Magpies gained some traction with more possession and territory but after 20 minutes Sevenoaks opened the scoring with a strike from the top of the D.
Despite this setback Magpies continued to go toe-to-toe with their opponents and looked good value for an equaliser but a sloppy pass out of defence was intercepted and a quick fire move ended in Sevenoaks’ second goal and a 2-0 half-time lead for the home team.
The second half started badly for Magpies conceding a goal within 2 minutes of the restart. But rather than be down-hearted by this setback, Magpies turned in a fantastic half an hour of attacking hockey. After 10 minutes of dominant play Aoife Lowe-Davies picked up on a loose ball in the D and was fouled in the process of shooting in a one-on-one with the Sevenoaks’ keeper. A penalty flick was awarded and Lauren Rowe stepped up to calmly slot the ball home and start the comeback.
Within 2 minutes Lowe-Davies robbed the ball from a Sevenoaks defender and slipped it to Emma Lee-Smith in the D. After a scramble in the goal mouth Lee-Smith found the net to make it 2-3. Magpies continued to press with Lucy Whiting, Lizzie Clymer, Lee-Smith and Katherine Ridley causing havoc in the Sevenoaks’ half.
Completing a mad 10 minutes, Magpies got their third goal to draw level at 3-3 when Lizzie Clymer shot past the stranded Sevenoaks’ keeper. The game then got quite feisty with several green and yellow cards issued and Lucy Belsey suffered a head injury from a deflected ball.
There only looked to be one team that would win from this point but Sevenoaks pulled themselves together and from a strong hit into the D a Sevenoaks forward dived to deflect in what turned out to be the winner. It was a cruel blow for Magpies as their comeback warranted at least a point but they must have taken heart that they can compete at the highest level. With less than 24 hours rest the team stayed over in London in preparation for their match with Southgate on Sunday.
Squad: Charlotte Peet (GK), Lucy Belsey (Capt.), Lauren Barber, Katrina Sitch, Louisa Greenacre, Debbie Francis, Rose Winter, Annie Nunn, Charlie Harrison, Katherine Ridley, Lucy Whiting, Emma Lee-Smith, Lauren Rowe, Lizzie Clymer, Aoife Lowe-Davis, Martha Lawrence.