Mixed fortunes for Harleston Magpies Ladies on a busy weekend

Harleston Magpies Ladies had a busy weekend in the East Conference, with two away fixtures in the space of two days.

They lost an eventful game at Sevenoaks, going down 4-3 after recovering from three down to level, and then hit back to win 2-1 at Southgate.

On Saturday Magpies went in at the break two goals adrift and quickly conceded another one, but then turned in a fantastic half an hour of attacking hockey.

Lauren Rowe set the ball rolling by converting a penalty flick after Aoife Lowe-Davies had been fouled and within two minutes Lowe-Davies slipped the ball to Emma Lee-Smith who found the net after a goalmouth scramble. Magpies continued to press and scored for the third time in 10 minutes when Lizzie Clymer shot past the stranded Sevenoaks keeper.

There looked to be only one team that would win from this point but Sevenoaks pulled themselves together and from a strong hit into the D a forward dived to deflect in what turned out to be the winner.

Magpies were quick out of the blocks the following day at Southgate.

Good work from Rowe and Lee-Smith resulted in two early short corners and the opener finally arrived from the same source, with Rowe slamming the ball home.

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Magpies continued to press, with Lowe-Davies having three shots on goal blocked in quick succession.

As in Saturday’s game, the visitors made a poor start to the second half, conceding a goal after just three minutes.

Fatigue was setting in as the match went into the last quarter, but Magpies got their second wind and started to show some quality through the whole team. Rowe flashed a pass across the face of goal that Lowe-Davies just failed to get a firm enough connection with and then Lawrence nearly grabbed the vital second goal.

But eventually the winner did come, a great combination between Clymer and Lee-Smith allowing Rowe to smash home from a tight angle.

After a break for Easter, Magpies return to league action with a re-arranged fixture and final game of the season at home to Bedford on Saturday, April 7.

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