Mens 1s – MATCH REPORT

Ipswich 2s 1-3 Magpies Men 1s

Harleston March On
With Harleston Magpies sitting pretty at the top of the league their 3-1 win away at Ipswich was a result that gives them a lot of confidence going into next weekend’s crunch clash with second placed team St Albans.

The game started off with Harleston getting into their usual groove and controlling the pace with crisp passing round the back and Richard Gill controlling the game from midfield. Ipswich managed to hold on, but the pressure told midway through the first half.

After some excellent saves from the Ipswich keeper Harleston found a way through after a pinpoint free hit from Gill found Hipwell unmarked in front of the goal to routinely deflect the ball into the bottom corner. Harleston’s upper hand did not last long despite having the best of the ball and territory. On one of the rare occasions where Ipswich ventured into Harleston’s ‘D’ some sloppy marking left an easy tap in for the lone opposition striker.

The second half saw the game break down into an unattractive contest with Ipswich managing to break down Harleston’s attacks with some tough defending. Eventually Harleston’s superior passing and movement told with a succession of short corners leading to two more goals, the first a drag flick by Hipwell and the second a clever move finished calmly by Gill. This spurred the visiting team on and Harleston could have added more if a rush of blood to the head had not affected R Ling and Baines when they each had good chances to make the result more emphatic.

Never the less a 3-1 victory away to local rivals Ipswich was a much deserved result that edges Harleston further to the league title.