Harleston Magpies 3 Bishop Stortford 0

E14Hockey Men's LeaguePremier AHarleston Magpies 3 Bishop Stortford 0THE game started with a large percentage of possession for the Magpies due to Stortford's half court policy.

E14Hockey Men's League

Premier A

Harleston Magpies 3 Bishop Stortford 0

THE game started with a large percentage of possession for the Magpies due to Stortford's half court policy. Despite a long break from outdoor hockey, the Magpies maintained good pace and control with their passing and possession and the defence remained as calm and solid as ever. Andrew Bedwell came out of the blocks flying making several important challenges on one of Stortford's better players.

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However when putting all his weight behind one challenge he landed awkwardly and was later to be diagnosed with a fractured clavicle (collar bone) and will miss at least six weeks of hockey. Stuart Leate replaced Bedwell and again made a great impression at left half.

By the midpoint of the first half Magpies were in control and exerting pressure on the Stortford back line which eventually cracked. Baynes won a short corner which was converted via a pre determined move by Neil Toulson. Magpies continued their pressure with great success down the right hand side between Sumner, Bale, Barber and Toulson. It was Bale who had a great opportunity to make it 2-0 after skilful work from Hipwell only to wastefully shoot wide.

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The second half was much the same with Magpies enjoying more and more possession whilst having to be patient due to the oppositions' negative tactics. Hipwell was gifted the second goal after a mix up between goalie and defender following more good pressure from the forwards. Magpies maintained their patient approach with coach Gill and centre backs Sitch and Ming mopping up any forward advances. Baynes struck a reverse stick third straight through the keeper's legs and Magpies were home and dry for another solid win.

The squad showed great team strength and used all members to great affect and must take this forward when they play local rivals Dereham away next week.

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