LADIES 6TH TEAM REPORT 17TH NOVENBER 2018

Ladies 6th Team v Norwich Dragons W 3-1

Harleston welcomed Norwich Dragons 7s to Weybread on a sunny but somewhat damp morning, hoping to continue their winning streak. Harleston started positively, putting pressure on the back line and winning the ball in midfield; Somehow though, Magpies struggled to find their rhythm. A minor injury forced a quick player reorganisation; Georgina Scott slotted into defence showing great versatility. Dragons worked hard to thwart any attacking charges, in particular flooding their defensive D with so many players that Harleston struggled to find their way through. A frustrating half for the home side, lots of possession but no goals.
Second half, Captain Flea Perry reminded all to take their time and make accurate passes. The winning edge finally returned when Magpies went 1-0 up after a well taken goal by Rachael Clifford.
This galvanised renewed vigour from the home side, Kristina Brinkley and Hollie Morris battling exceptionally hard in midfield to feed balls down to Janna Freeman and Judith Masters who were making excellent lead runs to create space. This pressure finally paid off when good attacking play forced a foul in the D, Rachael Clifford calmly slotting home the resulting penalty flick.
Dragons didn’t let Magpies have it all their own way, they capitalised on Magpies playing so high by slamming the ball through the press, luckily the ever reliable Marie Davy was always on hand to make a timely tackle and clear the ball.
Liv Addison-Carter and Mary Nelson defended well, Mary finding good space to drive the ball down the right. Immense pressure from one such attack saw Georgie Hood slip in a sneaky goal by the right post.
Following the goal however, Harleston succumbed to a mental slip conceding a last minute goal when Dragons managed to respond the rebound of an Imogen Flatt save.
Magpies should be pleased that they dominated the game and managed to force the win following good defensive tactics from Dragons.
Player of the match: Hollie Morris