Mixed A v Ipswich (Home (EH Mixed Cup) W 4-1)
Harleston Magpies sponsored by Parson Estate Agent hosted Ipswich mixed at the nest under the lights on Thursday evening.
Harleston started the game well dominating possession and looking dangerous on the attack. The only downside being at times the final pass which allowed an Ipswich interception. Despite starting well Harleston allowed Ipswich to grow into the game and with 20 minutes played it was Ipswich who took the lead after a devastating short corner strike from Lizzie Wheelhouse. Harleston were behind for a couple of minutes after excellent pressing from Stuart Field the forward beat three defenders before finding Tim Whiteman. Whiteman returned the pass to Field in the circle who cleverly deflected the ball past the Ipswich keeper. Harleston then took the lead with 5 minutes of the first half to play. After some excellent interlink play between Katrina and Leigh Sitch down the left the dynamic centre back drove into the circle where he was viciously brought down by an Ipswich defender. The resultant short corner was initially well defended by Ipswich but Lucy Whiting was on hand to smash the rebound home.
At half time Harleston knew that they were in a real fight to progress to the next round of the National mixed cup. Again Harleston controlled the tempo of the half and continued to grow in confidence as the half wore on. The defensive line of Katrina Sitch, Leigh Sitch, Katherine Ridley, Andrew Bedwell, Lucy Belsey and Lauren Mickleburgh rebuffed many Ipswich attacks and when they did break through John Livings was on hand to clear any dangers. Harleston soon scored the vital third goal after some good interlink play between Richard Larkin, Emma Lee-Smith and Lizzie Clymer the team won a short corner. After a comedy of errors Lauren Barber coolly slid the ball to Andrew Bedwell, the dynamic centre back pirouetted in the circle to unleash a pinpoint pass to Lucy Belsey who used all of her goal scoring experience to slot the ball home.
With the game now drifting away from them some of the Ipswich heads started to drop but Harleston were not done and soon added a 4th goal when Thomas Ridley beat two players before shooting violently at goal and burying the ball in the bottom corner leaving the goal keeper as a mere spectator.
Harleston will now face Peterborough in the next round on the 8th April.
The team would like to thank all of the supports who came down to watch on a wet and windy evening at Weybread.