Hockey: Bury St Eds II vs Harleston III

Bury came to the final game of the season Seeking to avenge their defeat by the Magpies earlier in the season.

Bury St. Edmunds II vs Harleston Magpies III

Bury came to the final game of the season Seeking to avenge their defeat by the Magpies earlier in the season. With Bury and Magpies safely in fourth and third, the only reason to play was for pride.

Bury took advantage of confusion in the Magpies defence within five minutes and Alex Gospel claimed a touch to push Bury into the lead. Bury worked the ball well in midfield and began to wear down the opposition. Magpies became more aggressive and introduced a physical element to their game. At one point the umpire's intervention was required to calm matters, and the Magpies were lucky not to pick up a yellow card for obstruction and stick tackling. Towards the end of the first half, Magpies piled on the pressure to search for the equaliser, but were repelled time and again by man-of-the-match Richard Chrystal.

Magpies won several free hits and short corners in the Bury area after the break. Brave running by Sean Millbank to chase down the short corners made life incredibly difficult for the Magpies forwards. Eventually, Magpies found a chink in Bury's armour and managed to level the score with a clever indirect routine.

Bury's defence began to find themselves under unnecessary pressure as the midfield began to tire and make more errors, turning the ball over once too often. With eight minutes to go, Bury managed to regain composure and play with confidence, marshalled by skipper Pali Surdhar playing in his last game for the club. Alex Gospel pushed Bury back into the lead following a fine individual effort, ghosting past a defender and the keeper before tucking the ball into the goal.

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