Harleston Magpies play part in goal fest

Thursday, January 10, 2013
12:54 PM

Harleston Magpies travelled to Bristol for the first of their four games in the National League Division One.

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The squad, which welcomed back Gareth Furlong back from Sheffield University and Carl Sitch from Loughborough University, started the weekend with a game against outdoor rivals St Albans.

They knew only a win would do as the remaining games were against outdoor Premier National League teams plus Holcombe, who currently sit top of the East National League.

And they duly obliged with a 7-4 victory courtesy of goals from Tom Graham, Andrew Bedwell, Gareth Furlong (two), Carl Sitch (two) and Richard Larkin.

The second game saw Harleston face a strong Holcombe side. Both sides started the game cautiously but it turned into a goal fest with Gareth Furlong, Rhodri Furlong Leigh Sitch and Stuart Leate on target in an 8-4 defeat.

The following day Magpies gave National Leaguers Hampstead and Westminster a little too much respect early on and found themselves three down before a goal from Rhodri Furlong gave them a lifeline.

Unfortunately they could not build on this and, despite a late goal from Sam Moore, they lost 7-2.

The best was saved for last as Harleston beat unbeaten Brooklands 6-5. They raced into a 3-0 lead with goals by Gareth Furlong, Carl Sitch and Stuart Leate. Further goals from Tristan Baynes (two) and Gareth Furlong put them 6-4 up, and although Brooklands closed to 6-5 it was too late to save the game.

The squad travel to Bristol again this weekend to play Havant, Southgate, Sevenoaks and Bourneville.

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