Dereham 1 Harleston Magpies 2

NE14 Hockey East Men's LeaguePremier ADereham 1 Harleston Magpies 2ANY local derby can be a hard fought battle and this top versus bottom of the table did not disappoint.

NE14 Hockey East Men's League

Premier A

Dereham 1 Harleston Magpies 2

ANY local derby can be a hard fought battle and this top versus bottom of the table did not disappoint. Harleston arrived hoping to extend their winning run to 12 games. Dereham came out of the traps catching Harleston by surprise, the away team having Richard Harms to thank when the keeper was quickly off his line to deny a Dereham forward. This scare spurred Harleston into life, although Harletson struggled to find their usual flowing hockey they were still creating chances.

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After good play down the right from Sumner and Bale the ball broke to Hipwell at the far side of the D, Hipwell lashed the ball goal wards only to find a defenders foot which looped the ball over the despairing Dereham keeper. With the momentum now behind Harleston continued to press for the second which they were dually rewarded with when Hipwell dispatched a trade mark short corner. Harleston were given one more scare before the half time whistle but the team were still struggling to play with their usual style.

Again Dereham pushed forward in the second forcing Harleston deeper and deeper into their own half, this limited the attacking style of Harleston who were struggling to create chances going forward. Despite winning two corners the team could not convert either and it started to look like it could be one of those days.

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With 20 minutes to go Dereham started to turn up the pressure, it wasn't long before they converted a short corner of their own. Harleston were now up against it but the team managed to survive a barrage of short corners and even a strong penalty flick appeal when Gill was deemed to be outside of the post following a struck short corner.

Despite this late spell of pressure Halreston managed to cling onto the vital three points to continue their winning run. This was an uncharacteristic performance from the Magpies team but it did show their resilience and proved that all good teams do at times need to win ugly. With other results going their way the team moved further clear in the league.

Next week the team travel to St Albans in what promises to be a fast tempo encounter.

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