This weekend Harleston travelled to Southampton to compete in the second round of their National League indoor campaign knowing that a top two finish would see the team promoted to Division One.
Harleston travelled to Southampton to compete in the second round of their National League indoor campaign knowing that a top two finish would see the team promoted to Division One.
The Magpies started the weekend in formidable form, knocking eight goals past Old Mid Giftians and Nottingham in 8-2 and 8-5 score lines respectively. Andy Hipwell proved to be Harleston's star man on the Saturday, bagging four goals in both of those matches. James Osborn also grabbed a brace of braces.
On Sunday, Harleston had maximum points but sat second in the table on goal difference to Southgate who they played first. Again the Magpies knocked in eight goals in an 8-4 victory, Osborn continuing his form with a hat trick. Goalkeeper Iain Martin made an amazing succession of saves late on to leave the crowd wondering how the ball had not gone in.
(Andy Hipwell and Tristan Baynes)
You may also want to watch:
Harleston faced Stourport next, knowing victory would see them promoted. Magpies started nervously but soon scored, however, Stourport soon equalised before taking the lead.
Despite equalising in the second half, the winner came Stourport's way.
- 1 Matchday Recap: All-square as Town and U's share six goals
- 2 Colchester town centre streets closed following concern over child
- 3 Family creates 50 new jobs by reviving two Suffolk pubs
- 4 'The people of West Suffolk deserve better': Vote of no confidence for Hancock
- 5 Town complete Chaplin deal as Barnsley forward becomes signing No.10
- 6 Colchester United 3 Ipswich Town 3: Burns' late strike levels it for Town
- 7 Andy's Angles: Six observations from Ipswich Town's Colchester draw
- 8 Town could still move for another winger after Chaplin signing
- 9 Man arrested on suspicion of murdering Victoria Hall
- 10 Pedestrian taken to hospital after collision with car
With Harleston disappointed by their last result they knew they needed to win their last game against Holcombe with a good goal difference to ensure they would gain promotion. The Magpies certainly did not disappoint, battering in seven goals in each half. Andy Hipwell was the star of the show, scoring five goals, while Tom Summer helped himself to a hat trick.
This result was enough to see Harleston top the league and gain promotion to Division One of the National indoor league.