Men’s East Conference: Harleston Magpies get campaign up and running with famous victory

Thomas Ridley on the ball for Harleston Magpies against Richmond. Picture: Pat Leate

Thomas Ridley on the ball for Harleston Magpies against Richmond. Picture: Pat Leate - Credit: Archant

Harleston Magpies went into Christmas break on a high note when they beat league leaders Richmond 2-0 to record their first win of the season.

Toby Price in the thick of the action for Harleston Magpies against Richmond. Pictures: PAT LEATE

Toby Price in the thick of the action for Harleston Magpies against Richmond. Pictures: PAT LEATE - Credit: Archant

Magpies' task was made even more difficult with the news that talisman Stuart Leate had called off with a reoccurrence of his ongoing knee problem, meaning only a 14 man squad would play.

The hosts had to survive some early pressure before stunning the leaders by taking the lead.

Richard Larkin started a flowing move which ended in a short corner. Ben Wright stepped up to the plate and with pinpoint accuracy arrowed the ball into the goal, much to the vociferous home crowd's delight.

Just before half-time player/coach Wright collided with Andy Hipwell, causing a long stoppage as the latter received treatment for a nasty head wound which prevented him for taking any further part in the game.


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This merely galvanised the home side still further as they continued to work hard all over the pitch to deny Richmond the space they craved. Mark Pearn looked dangerous for the away side, but fortunately Thomas Ridley stuck to former GB international like glue.

Man-of-the-match Toby Price created himself a great chance after robbing a defender and Simon Hipwell looked dangerous on fast breaks before Archie Winter popped up on the penalty spot to emphatically fire home for the second goal. Magpies then stood firm to secure a famous win.

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