National Hockey League: Greenacre clinches a point for Harleston Magpies
Harleston Magpies Ladies 1, Chelmsford 1: A late equaliser from Louisa Greenacre earned a point for Magpies in their final Women's Conference East match of the season.
Chelmsford set an aggressive pace early in the game which made it difficult for Magpies to find their confidence and retain possession of the ball. Magpies remained focused and were soon moving the ball with increased accuracy and purpose.
The Magpies defence was well organised and worked together to frustrate the skilful Chelmsford forward line.
The first half finished goalless with neither team able to convert the goalscoring opportunities they created.
Magpies tried to raise the intensity at the start of the second half but were quickly caught out by Chelmsford forward Judith Duffin, who found space at the back post to convert a cross from the right in the 41st minute.
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Magpies quickly regrouped and pressed forward in an attempt to get back on level terms.
Chelmsford's defence found it difficult to cope with the speed and stick skills of Emily Wilford as she combined with Sarah Brook, Hannah Palmer, Jess Howland and Angie Wheelhouse to create a number of chances to score.
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Magpies could not take advantage of these opportunities and remained one goal behind. With time running out, Magpies were awarded another penalty corner after skilful play on the right from Lucy Miller and Frances Burrell. The corner was converted by Greenacre in the 69th minute to bring Magpies level.
There was still time for Chelmsford to try and find the winner, but a diving save from Lisa Griffin seconds before the final whistle ensured the game finished all square and Magpies claimed the point their committed performance had deserved.
• Holcombe 5, Harleston Magpies Men 0
Magpies, already consigned to relegation in the East Men's Conference, finished the season with a five-goal drubbing at the hands of fourth-placed Holcombe.
Stephane Vehrle-Smith gave Holcombe a seventh-minute lead before James Stedman added a second on 27 minutes.
Stedman scored again seven minutes into the second half, with Tom O'Keeffe adding a fourth two minutes later. The scoring was completed by Hardeep Singh Jawanda 13 minutes from time.