Harleston Magpies give leaders a run for their money

MEN'S EAST CONFERENCE: Harleston Magpies gave a decent account of themselves before losing 3-1 at leaders Indian Gymkhana.

It was Gymkhana who looked most likely to break the deadlock as their quick counter-attacking hockey created chances, giving a few early warning signs for the Harleston defence.

Midway through the half the home side broke away to win a short corner which they converted with a well worked routine.

Harleston responded well to going a goal down with a good 10 minute spell but the chances came and went, with none being taken. As half-time approached Gymkhana regained their control over the game.

After the break it was once again Gymkhana who waited for Harleston errors before counter-attacking quickly and they struck again to make it 2-0.

This resulted in Harleston having to chase the game, playing even further into the hands of their opponents' counter-attacking hockey.

However Magpies managed to find a lifeline, with Gareth Furlong converting for a short corner.

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Harleston worked hard trying to find a second but this was not their day as attack after attack broke down, leaving man of the match Richard Harms exposed.

The game was finally put out of Magpies' reach with a couple of minutes to go when Gymkhana converted one of their breakaways with a superb piece of skill.

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