Below par Magpies suffer shock home defeat

MEN'S EAST CONFERENCE: Harleston Magpies had a day to forget as they were beaten 3-0 at home by bottom side St Albans.

Magpies, who had picked up a good point at Wimbledon in their previous fixture, had a scare early on when the visitors were awarded a penalty flick but it was saved by Richard Harms.

This was a wake-up call for the hosts and as the half progressed they took control of the game, creating a number of chances which came and went as St Albans defended manfully.

The second half started with the home side on the back foot and they quickly found themselves one down as poor defensive work allowed Brett Holland to open the scoring.

Harleston created more chances but once again they were unable to take them and their lack of punch up front was to prove costly.

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St Albans' second goal came from more sloppy defending as Holland was presented with the ball at the top of the D and took full advantage of the gift.

Again Harleston continued to attack but once again they left the back door open as more poor defending allowed Holland to complete his hat-trick.

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