Bedford 2-4 Harleston Magpies
Harleston travelled to Bedford on the back of 4 wins which saw them sitting at the top of the league. Harleston started slower than in previous weeks struggling to find that early goal that they had been used to. After 15 minutes of a tight game Harleston found the break through hero of the moment Andy Hipwell who slotted home a cross from James Fanger with a neat volley after good work down the right from Tom Sumner and Richard Gill.
As Harleston started to take control of the game Andy Hipwell scored his second following a short corner where he snuck in at the back post after a reverse stick shot from Tristan Baynes was deflected into his path. With Bedford hitting Harleston on the break Iain Martin pulled off a vintage save at his near post. Harleston managed to ease some of the pressure when Andy Hipwell secured another first half hat with a well taken drag flick from a short corner. Harleston rounded off a good first half display after a comedy of defensive errors from Bedford allowed Chris Barber to slot home at the back post as the keeper took out his last defender.
Harleston made a lot of changes at half time which affected their momentum. Bedford pushed forward throwing everything but the kitchen sink at Harleston, however the away team were standing firm. In the end the pressure told as Harleston conceded at a short corner with a well struck shot. Again with pressure mounting Harleston were reduced to 10 men as David Ling was shown yellow on his return from injury showing that he has not lost any of his competitive nature. Down to 10 men Harleston hung on but eventually conceded again from a well worked short corner. With only 5 minutes left Harleston were able to hang on and secure another 3 points which sees them remain joint top of the table on points but now second on goal difference.
Next weekend Harleston host local rivals Ipswich in which promises to be a bruising encounter.