Harleston Magpies Mixed 5 Khalsa (Warks) Mixed 0
In this quarter-final of the England Hockey Mixed Trophy Magpies, the defending champions, played their best hockey of the season to beat Khalsa who had started the game brightly. Magpies thereafter dominated for much of the rest of the game, without conceding a penalty corner, except for a ten minute spell early in the second half when the visitors put the strong home defence under some pressure.
Sam Moore finished off a sweeping move from close range to put Magpies ahead in the seventeenth minute and eight minutes later he scored again with a thumping shot from the edge of the circle. The home team continued to attack, with Lauren Barber and Lizzie Clymer to the fore, and Robbie Kinsella made it 3-0 at half time when he slotted home at the far post following an accurate pass from skipper Leigh Sitch.
Khalsa enjoyed their best spell of the game on the resumption and they hit the bar and post with a fierce reverse stick shot without the ball crossing the line. The visitors’ felt hard done by this correct decision and they lost their concentration for a few minutes. This allowed Magpies to return to the attack and with ten minutes left Lucy Whiting swept the ball into the net at chest height and in the last two minutes Simon Hipwell ran into the circle before smashing the ball passed the goalkeeper, who had earlier made some good saves, for the fifth and final goal in an impressive home performance.
After the game James Meek was voted MOTM for his all-action performance while 2-goal Sam Moore received the opposite accolade (which due to club policy must not speak its name) for his second half efforts which included a yellow card. These were deemed by his cruel team-mates, to put it politely, not to match his first half display!
Before the match the players and spectators stood in memory of Vaughn Dearling.
Magpies now advance to the finals weekend (4/5 June) at the Lee Valley SC determined to retain their crown.