Magpies have say in destination of the title

Harleston Magpies Ladies let a two goal lead slip in their final match of the season against second placed Sevenoaks - but still emerged with a 2-2 draw that denied their opponents the East Conference title.

Harleston Magpies Ladies let a two goal lead slip in their final match of the season against second placed Sevenoaks - but still emerged with a 2-2 draw that denied their opponents the East Conference title.

Sevenoaks arrived level on points with Ipswich at the top with every intention of trying to win the league.

Magpies, after the disappointment of losing to Ipswich away last week, made a very positive start to the match.

Sevenoaks were forced on to the back foot from the very first minute as Magpies put their defence under real pressure. Artemis Clark, Angie Wheelhouse and Cherry Seaborn up front gave Sevenoaks no time on the ball as they pressurised their defence, forcing them to make a number of errors.


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Magpies were totally dominant in the first half but were not able to take their chances. Ellie Bale at right midfield was forced to leave the pitch after a nasty cut to her head from a stick.

With two minutes to go to half-time Magpies finally took the lead when Emily Wilford was the first to react to a loose ball in the circle and scored with the reverse stick. This was nothing less than Magpies deserved.

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Sevenoaks made a better start to the second half and Magpies were forced into defending a number of difficult situations, while Calianne Clark in goal was prominent with a number of useful saves. After 49 minutes Magpies increased their lead when Bale, back on the pitch, popped up in the Sevenoaks circle to make it 2-0.

There only seemed to be one winner at this stage but Magpies lost concentration as Sevenoaks broke down the right and within a minute the visitors had pulled a goal back. Worse was to follow as Sevenoaks instantly won a penalty corner and levelled the scores. Two goals in two minutes had turned the game on its head.

With 20 minutes to go it was hard to predict how the game would go but the home side regained their composure and the match finished 2-2.

Magpies were left to reflect on a good season, having ended up fourth, while Sevenoaks finished behind champions Ipswich - who drew 2-2 at Old Loughtonians - on goal difference.

Magpies men rounded off their campaign on a less impressive note as they crashed to a 5-2 defeat at Sevenoaks, who overtook them in the Conference East table as a result.

RobertStimpson's team were 4-1 down at the break but kept things respectable in the second half, with Andy Hipwell netting from a penalty corner to add to an earlier goal from James Legg.

Having been promoted from the East League last year, Magpies finished a season of consolidation in seventh position, well clear of the drop zone.

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