HARLESTON MAGPIES – WOMENS INDOOR NATIONAL LEAGUE DIV 2 SOUTH
Magpies started well on the opening day with a comfortable opening win against Wimbledon 5-1, which enabled a number of players to taste their first experience of Indoor National League without any serious pressure.
The goals were scored by Artemis Clark 2, Angie Wheelhoue, Debbie McAllen and Laura Parker. In their second game on Saturday against Staines Magpies started slowly and found themselves 2-0 down but rallied before half time to go 3-2 up. In the second half Staines struggled to contain a rampant Magpies side who went on to win 9-3 thanks to goals from Angie Wheelhouse 4, Artemis Clark 4 and Ellie Blake.
On Sunday Magpies knew they needed one more win to qualify for the second weekend and the first match against St Albans was the game they had to win, as the final two games were potentially much harder.
Unfortunately Magpies were rattled early on by some poor umpiring decisions which not only cost them goals but also led to the Magpies defence losing its composure. As a result Magpies were always chasing the game as St Albans continually held a two clear goal lead and in the end Magpies lost 6-4, although Magpies did have a chance to snatch a late point but were unable to capitalise on two very late penalty awards.
Magpies now faced an uphill task and went on to lose to Reading 2-1 in a very tight game (Artemis Clark) in which the team contained Reading really well but in turn struggled to create many goal scoring chances. In searching for the elusive third win Magpies had given a lot physically and paid the price in the final match against Trojans who were the best team there. Despite being only 1-0 down at half time Magpies wilted badly in the second half to lose 7-1.
The ten players gave everything and the five players making their Indoor National League debuts will be better for the experience, but it means Magpies will have to start against next year in the East Indoor League.
Squad: Debbie McAllen (Capt), Lucy Hayman, Louisa Greenacre, Helen Brook, Ellie Blake, Jess Hull, Angie Wheelhouse, Laura Parker, Artemis Clark and Cherry Seaborn.