Harleston Magpies Ladies beaten in opening league fixture

Magpies lost their opening league game. Picture: Archant

Magpies lost their opening league game. Picture: Archant - Credit: Archant

Harleston Magpies Ladies opened their East Conference programme with a long trip to London to face Barnes - and slipped to a 2-0 defeat.

Magpies started confidently with some good drives down the right by Jess Howland and Lucy Belsey resulting in a early short corner.

The shot from Lauren Barber narrowly went wide and the home side took the lead midway through the first half with a well-executed short corner of their own.

Following coach Rob Sorrell's half-time team talk the Magpies' forward line created a number of chances which went just wide before a good aerial clearance from the Barnes defence led to a second goal for the hosts.

Magpies refused to let their heads drop, with Charlie Harrison and Lauren Barber working tirelessly in the midfield creating opportunities for Annie Nunn, who made some great runs down the left.

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