National League: Magpies denied by struggling Horsham

Magpies' four-match winning run was ended as they were held to a draw by bottom side Horsham in the Women's Conference East at Weybread on Saturday.

The hosts attacked with pace and confidence and created a number of goalscoring opportunities early in the game.

The Horsham defence struggled to cope with the speed and skill of the Magpies forward line of Brooks, Palmer, Wheelhouse and Wilford but the home side were unable to make their dominance count.

Magpies failed to convert a penalty stoke they were awarded when player of the match Hannah Palmer was unfairly prevented from shooting at goal by the Horsham keeper.

But they eventually took the lead in the 33rd minute as Angie Wheelhouse scored her 100th National League goal for Magpies with a clinical finish from a penalty corner. Wheelhouse is only the fifth player in the country to score 100 goals in the Women's National League, with 79 coming in open play and 21 from penalty corners.


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Horsham continued to defend in numbers and frustrate the Magpies forwards and in the 56th minute, a poor clearance went straight to a Horsham player, and Heidi Menniss levelled the score despite the efforts of the Magpies defence to clear the ball off the line.

Magpies continued to surge forward in numbers but were not able to break down a determined Horsham defence who survived three penalty corners and a goal-line clearance to make sure they left Weybread with a valuable point.

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• Magpies' men remain bottom of the Men's Conference East after a 4-0 defeat at Wimbledon on Sunday.

After a goalless first half, James Osborn broke the deadlock early in the second period.

Simon Lanyon doubled the lead on 41 minutes and five minutes later Matt Fitter made it three.

Jared Treadaway completed the scoring on 59 minutes as Magpies remained level on points with Bromley & Beckenham, who lost twice at the weekend.

• Pelicans eased through to the last eight of the national Men's Masters Over-40s Plate with an 8-0 defeat of Crostyx.

They are now due to travel to Leicester in the quarter-finals on Sunday.

Pelicans' Under-18s bowed out of the HA Cup in a valiant 3-1 defeat against Southgate.

After falling behind from a short corner, Pelicans drew level when Rachel Drohan's shot found the net.

Southgate added a breakaway goal before half-time and although Pelicans continued to battle in the second half, they conceded a third towards the end of the match.

• Wisbech won through to the semi-finals of the HA Trophy with a 3-1 win against Middlesex side Ashford on Sunday.

Ashford took a first minute lead, but Wisbech recovered with a hat-trick from Gavin Johnstone to book a last four meeting with Gateshead.

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