Harleston National U18 Cup
National U18 CupBelper U18 1 Harleston U18 2Harleston progressed to the last eight of the National Cup at Belper. Harleston started strongly and were unlucky to go behind to Belper's first shot of the game which left Bertie Steggles with no chance.
National U18 Cup
Belper U18 1 Harleston U18 2
Harleston progressed to the last eight of the National Cup at Belper.
Harleston started strongly and were unlucky to go behind to Belper's first shot of the game which left Bertie Steggles with no chance. Harleston battled back strongly and deservedly equalised through a thunderbolt of a shot by Toby Tibbenham.
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Harleston continued to press and were unfortunate not to take the lead when the Belper goalkeeper made an outstanding save.
The second half started with Belper on top and, with a lot of the play, they were pushing Harleston back. Some superb defending from Will Harrison kept the Belper attack at bay though.
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With the pressure mounting a series of Belper short corners nearly saw the hosts take the lead but Will Johnson made a brilliant stop on the goal line.
The whole team was working hard defending the lead when Harleston got the breakthrough they were looking for when Jimmy Wheeler was upended by the goalkeeper when clear through on goal. The penalty stroke was saved by the keeper, but this spurred Harleston on. With Belper on the back foot the ball broke to Toby Tibbenham who skinned the defender at the top of the circle and smashed his shot home on the reverse stick.