Harleston IV 1 Felixstowe 6
Division 3NEHarleston Magpies IV 1 Felixstowe 6IN their penultimate match of the season Felixstowe came from behind to comfortably win 6-1. Having fallen behind early on, it was no surprise when a well-worked short corner allowed Felixstowe captain Nick Smith to set up winger Will Hardcastle with an angled shot which Hardcastle deflected cleverly past the goalkeeper.
Harleston Magpies IV 1 Felixstowe 6
IN their penultimate match of the season Felixstowe came from behind to comfortably win 6-1.
Having fallen behind early on, it was no surprise when a well-worked short corner allowed Felixstowe captain Nick Smith to set up winger Will Hardcastle with an angled shot which Hardcastle deflected cleverly past the goalkeeper.
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Despite some periods of solid hockey from the Magpies, it was the away side that always looked a greater threat going forward and a good ball from attacking midfielder Alex Woodhouse sent Matt Burden racing through on goal. His shot was well parried by the keeper only for Paul Muchal to follow up astutely, finishing well from close range.
Having turned the game around by half time, it was time for Felixstowe to turn on the style. Alex Woodhouse began to take control of the midfield, pick pocketing his man before setting up Burden for goal number three.
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Next, it was the tireless skipper Smith whose angled ball into the D allowed Burden to add his second in quick succession. Then it was the turn of Woodhouse who was well found by Burden before ghosting into the D and burying a low shot into the corner.
At 5-1 the Seasiders were well in control but the pressure did not relent as some showboating hockey skills were on display. An excellent aerial ball from Woodhouse dropped into the path of Burden whose half-volley thundered into the bottom corner to complete his hat-trick and add further gloss to an already impressive score line.
Only the final showdown with league leaders Ipswich remains for the Seasiders with both teams certain to progress to a higher division next season.