National Hockey: Wheelhouse at the double for Harleston Magpies

Harleston Magpies Ladies 3, Chelmsford 1

Magpies maintained their three-point advantage at the top of Conference East with victory over struggling Chelmsford.

Angie Wheelhouse fired Magpies in front in the first minute, before Emma Lee-Smith added a second on 16 minutes.

Chelmsford pulled a goal back with 22 minutes played, but Wheelhouse wrapped up Magpies' win with her second goal on 41 minutes.

Magpies host Old Loughtonians this Saturday in their penultimate home match, before completing the season with fixtures against Horsham and Sevenoaks.


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• Norwich City 1, Banbury 2

City bowed out of the National EH Trophy at the quarter-final stage after they were defeated by former winners Banbury.

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City enjoyed the better of the first half moving the ball about well taking the lead three minutes before the break when Bob Hammond won the ball on the half way line. He broke forward with City players in support and once he beat a defender it became three against two. The ball was slipped right to Jez Elliott who squared the ball for Chris Wardale to sweep in.

After the break Banbury showed more determination and drew level within five minutes scoring from open play. Five minutes later they went ahead from a penalty corner drag flick. Despite City's efforts they were unable to find an equaliser and it is Banbury who will be in the draw for the semi-finals.

• Harleston Magpies lost 4-1 at Beeston in the quarter-finals of the EHB Boys Under-18 Cup.

James Bensly gave Magpies the lead, but Beeston then took charge and scored all four of their goals before half-time.

There was better news for Norfolk in the Girls U18 Cup as Magpies progressed to the last four with a 2-1 victory at Leicester.

Sarah Brook smashed in from a corner to put Magpies in the lead after 20 minutes. They doubled the lead soon afterwards when Georgie Minta's first-time shot found the net.

Magpies had to dig deep in the second half as three players received yellow cards and Leicester scored a late goal, but the visitors hung on to book a place in the outdoor finals on April 14 at Old Loughtonians.

The other three qualifiers are Canterbury, Surbiton and Teddington.

• Pelicans beat Bridgnorth 5-4 on penalties to move into the last four of the Women's Masters Plate.

The game finished 2-2 and Carol Tupper made some fine saves in the shoot-out to help Pelicans progress to a semi-final on March 24 against St Albans.

Pelicans' U18s boys experienced the other side of a shoot-out as they lost 3-1 on penalties to Alderly Edge in the U18 Plate quarter-finals.

Harry Lankfer scored a late equaliser for Pelicans as the match finished 1-1, but they came off second best in the shoot-out as Alderly went through.

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