Strugglers must cut out the mistakes

Barnes, Hounslow & Ealing 5,Harleston Magpies 1Harleston Magpies suffered a sixth straight defeat in the Slazenger National League Division One to stay rooted to the bottom of the table.

Barnes, Hounslow & Ealing 5,

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Harleston Magpies suffered a sixth straight defeat in the Slazenger National League Division One to stay rooted to the bottom of the table.

Magpies made the perfect start when Angie Wheelhouse dispossessed a Hounslow defender in the opening 10 minutes and although they saved her first shot she followed up to give her side an early lead.

This clearly gave the young Magpies a much needed boost in confidence while it had the opposite effect on the home side.

Gradually Hounslow started to force Magpies back into their half and they equalised with a well struck shot from the top of the circle through a crowd of players.

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The London side increased their lead before half-time when Lucy Hayman saved a short corner strike comfortably but the defence did not react quickly enough to clear her pads and the resulting melee gave the hosts a cheap goal.

The score remained 2-1 until well into the second half but Magpies were finding it increasingly hard to get the ball out of their half and were giving away too many corners for them to feel comfortable.

In the end two quick goals from Hounslow gave them a comfortable 4-1 lead. Ironically, with the result certain, Magpies seemed to play with the shackles off and gave a glimpse of what forwards Cherry Seaborn, Angie Wheelhouse and Laura Parker could have done with better service from midfield, as they played some of their best attacking hockey of the match.

Amy Tuffs, 16, came on in the second half to make her National League debut.

For the second week running Magpies conceded a goal in the final minute.

Magpies know they must eliminate the repetitive errors that are costing them so dearly. Sarah Cave worked hard in midfield and as always the experienced players Lucy Hayman, Debbbie McAllen and Louisa Greenacre gave it everything.