High-flyers given run for their money at Weybread

MEN'S EAST CONFERENCE: Harleston Magpies were beaten 5-3 at home by joint table toppers Canterbury on a bitterly cold Sunday afternoon. Canterbury came out of the blocks flying and took the lead from a short corner which was dispatched by their ex-international playmaker Kwan Browne.

Harleston Magpies were beaten 5-3 at home by joint table toppers Canterbury on a bitterly cold Sunday afternoon.

Canterbury came out of the blocks flying and took the lead from a short corner which was dispatched by their ex-international playmaker Kwan Browne.

Harleston responded well and equalised following good hold-up play from Ben Wright, with Andy Hipwell managing to bundle the ball over the line from close range.

Canterbury hit straight back with a well taken reverse stick shot to lead 2-1 at the break after both keepers had made good saves to prevent further goals.


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It was Harleston's turn to start the second half the brighter and eventually they got their reward when Wright was fouled in the D and Tristan Baynes coolly converted the penalty stroke. This spurred Canterbury on and they won a flick of their own which was dispatched by Browne.

Canterbury then won a second penalty stroke in dubious circumstances, which they converted to take a 4-2 advantage into the last 20 minutes.

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Harleston pulled a goal back through Andy Hipwell after his powerful shot was dummied by Ben Wright to fool the keeper.

In a very open last 10 minutes Harleston searched frantically for an equaliser but were caught on a break which resulted in a penalty corner which Canterbury were able to convert.

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