Wright on target to earn a crucial point

Harleston Magpies Men 2, Bromley & Beckenham 2: The bottom of the table Men's Conference East encounter ended with honours even at Weybread on Sunday.

The previous two encounters between the two sides had resulted in hard-fought draws and, with both sides desperately seeking a confidence boost and much-needed points, this game was no different.

Magpies were again without captain Mark Wheelhouse and Tristan Baynes, but welcomed back striker Mark Stacpoole, who had been impressive in the opening day win against Holcombe.

After a cautious start from both sides, Magpies began to threaten with some good build-up play.

Simon Hipwell looked dangerous on the left and it was from that side that Magpies took the lead, as Andrew Bedwell crossed for Sebastian Knights to finish calmly for his second goal of the season.


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Magpies were buoyed by their advantage and Hipwell took advantage of some slow defending to win a short corner. Ben Wright despatched the ball towards the bottom corner, only for it to be kept out by a fantastic clearance from the man on the line.

The hosts continued to create chances in the second half but were let down by their finishing and they were punished as the visitors scored two quick goals.

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First a lapse of concentration at the back allowed the Bromley forward to break clear and he finished well, before a simple back post tap-in put Bromley & Beckenham ahead.

Magpies composed themselves and man of the match Wright forced a mistake from a defender before bearing down on goal and smashing a rising shot into the goal for a majestic equaliser.

Chances came and went at each end as both sides tried to force victory, but the match ended all-square, leaving Magpies still two points above Bromley at the bottom.

• Harleston Magpies Ladies 1, Old Loughtonians 0

Magpies secured their second league win of the season at home to Old Loughtonians on Saturday.

The team's bad luck with illness and injury saw two more players sidelined before the match, but Emily Wilford returned to the forward line, with Verity Blyth moving into midfield for the first time.

Magpies started positively and Old Loughts had to defend well to from a number of free hits in threatening situations.

The visitors twice went close from penalty corners, while Magpies' best effort came from Wilford's penalty corner strike which was deflected over by the keeper.

Magpies took the lead at the start of the second half when Hannah Palmer released Wilford and she won a penalty corner after being fouled in the circle. A strike from an acute angle by Anouska Hiperson beat the Old Loughts keeper to find the net.

Old Loughts went on the attack but Magpies worked hard across midfield to deny them goalscoring opportunities and the hosts went on to record their first clean sheet of the season.

Frances Sumner was named player of the match for the second successive week after a dominant midfield display.

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