Harleston Magpies 2 Southgate 5

England Hockey League

Men's Conference East

Harleston Magpies 2 Southgate 5

HARLESTON welcomed Southgate to Shotford Heath for there final game before the Christmas break. Due to Southgate's travel problems the game start time was delayed by 10 minutes. This did not seem to affect the visitors however as they start brightly and with only minutes on the clock forced Mark Wheelhouse into a rash tackle which earned him a yellow card. The home side managed to compose them self's well though down to 10 men they kept the ball well, even managing to ask question's of the Southgate defence without creating real opportunity.

Once Harleston were restored to 11 Southgate seemed to find an extra gear. This caused problems for the Magpies' defence and midfield as they regularly turned the ball over to Southgate who brook away at great pace. It was not long before their breaks resulted in goals.


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The home side where soon three down as Southgate took complete control of the game. Magpies kept scraping away even though well down in the game. The away side then received a yellow card for a rash tackle to give some encouragement to the home side. Southgate had a fourth goal correctly disallowed due to an attacking foot in the build up. Half time approached and Harleston started to regain a foot hold in the game. Pete Bale then managed to find space enough to release quick shot which beat the away goalie for pace. At the break the away side lead 3-1.

After half time the home side came out strong attempting to get themselves back in the game. Southgate then received a second yellow card. Magpies continued to work chances but where unable to convert. After forcing a short corner Mark Wheelhouse managed to convert. With Magpies right back in the game at 3-2 down the next goal was all important. It was the away side that managed to find it through a straight strike short corner. Harleston still carried on fighting but by this point they were leaving themselves exposed at the back trying desperately to salvage something. This only left more space for the Southgate forwards to run into. As the clock ran down they converted a fifth to cap there win.

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