Harleston Magpies are happy with their Women’s East Conference point

Sticks were flying at Harleston again on Saturday.

Sticks were flying at Harleston again on Saturday. - Credit: Archant

Harleston Magpies ladies' struggle for goals continued as they were held to a draw by visitors St Albans.

Magpies have scored only three times in their opening four National League fixtures – but have only conceded three times as well while picking a creditable five points from a win and two draws.

The team sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents always expected a tough test against a St Albans team which boasted two England internationals and had scored 10 goals in their first three fixtures.

Magpies had a much changed squad with Kath Johnson unavailable due to illness and, with both Charlie Harrison and Abby Goodrham unavailable, they welcomed Lauren Mickleburgh and Kara Kilbourn.

The game was fast flowing and end to end at times, with both teams creating chances to score and winning short corners. One of Magpies' best chances of the game came in the second half when Lizzie Clymer won the ball high up the pitch and combined well with Emma Lee-Smith.

The entire Magpies team worked tirelessly, put in a huge amount of leg work and defended well to minimise St Albans goal scoring opportunities. At the end of the game, Magpies were pleased with their mature and well disciplined performance and happy to walk away from this fixture with a hard fought point.

Squad: Lucy Belsey (capt), Debbie Francis, Charlotte Lee-Smith, Louisa Greenacre, Katrina Sitch, Lauren Barber, Lucy Whiting, Lauren Mickleburgh, Sophie Sunderland, Emma Lee-Smith, Lizzie Clymer, Hattie Sunderland, Maria Andrews and Kara Kilbourn.