Harleston promoted

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)


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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.

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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.

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