Harleston 5 Blueharts 3

Harleston 5 Blueharts 3With bitterly, bitterly cold winds that blistered the skin, Harleston Magpies Mens 1st XI stepped onto the pitch ready and willing to take the fight to the door of the opposition, the mighty Blueharts.

Harleston 5 Blueharts 3

With bitterly, bitterly cold winds that blistered the skin, Harleston Magpies Mens 1st XI stepped onto the pitch ready and willing to take the fight to the door of the opposition, the mighty Blueharts.

Harleston started the stronger of the two teams stringing passes together at ease however with the pace Blueharts possessed up front Harleston always had to be weary.

With 15 minutes gone Richard Ling injected life into the score board, scoring the first and possibly most important goal of the match.


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Harleston's lead was short lived as Blueharts equalised as a string of defensive errors allowed them to slot home from close range.

Magpies soon rallied and found them selves ahead again when Andrew Hipwell found the net after good work from James Wheeler.

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Shortly after this Harleston doubled their lead when Hipwell scored his second of the match.

With the scores at 3-1 at half time the team realised the next goal would be vital. With an excellent press set up Harleston started to win ball higher up the pitch after a good passing move James Wheeler hit the post with a heroic shot.

Shortly after this James Wheeler was able to convert with a well-struck shot before Andy Hipwell completed his hat trick in fine style.

With the game won Harleston switched off, allowing Blueharts to pull a goal back after at a short corner given away by a bad challenge from Sitch junior.

Harleston struggled to regain the form they had shown in the first half and kept giving the ball away.

In the end this lead to Blueharts scoring their third from a poorly defended free hit outside the Harleston area.

With the final whistle coming Harleston had secured a vital three points and next week travel to Bishop Stortford hoping to carry on their winning ways.

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