Horsham 1 Harleston 4

Slazenger England Hockey League Division OneHorsham 1 Harleston Magpies 4Harleston Magpies moved up to second place in division one in their final league game before Christmas with an emphatic result against bottom team Horsham.

Slazenger England Hockey League Division One

Horsham 1 Harleston Magpies 4

Harleston Magpies moved up to second place in division one in their final league game before Christmas with an emphatic result against bottom team Horsham.

The Magpies are now three points behind the leaders Hounslow with a game in hand.

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Horsham were rocked by a Magpies opening blitz as they scored twice in the opening three minutes. After two minutes Donna Causton's penalty corner strike was saved by the goalkeeper, but Hannah Coulson followed up to force the ball home. Straight from the restart Magpies attacked down the right and Angie Wheelhouse was on hand to make it 2-0.

It took Horsham time to recover, but Magpies made the mistake of taking their foot off the pedal which allowed them back in the game. Only a good save from Lucy Hayman stopped them scoring just before half time.

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Magpies were sloppy again at the beginning of the second half and paid the price when Erica Rogers scored for Horsham from a penalty corner after 39 minutes. This seemed to wake Magpies up and they regained control of the game with improved passing and pressure on the Horsham goal. Anna Truman scored the decisive goal when she latched on to a chance and flicked the ball past the goalkeeper to make it 3-1 after 47 minutes.

From then on the result was not in doubt and Jess Bloom made it four when she diverted a reverse stick shot from Angie Wheelhouse after 50 minutes, which wrong footed the goalkeeper.

Harleston Magpies U18 girls win East Indoor Finals

Harleston Magpies under-18 girls have won the East Indoor Finals to qualify for the National Finals in January.

In their opening game they led Old Loughtonians 1-0 (Jess Bloom) for most of the match but conceded an equaliser in the final 30 seconds. In the crunch game against the favourites Kings School

Canterbury, Jess Bloom gave Magpies an early lead, but Kings levelled the scores before Magpies snatched a late winner through Jess Bloom.

Magpies then beat Newport Free Grammar School 2-0 (Artemis Clark, Jess Bloom), before they turned on the style in their final two games with some devasting attacking hockey, beating Queenswood School 7-2 (Jess Bloom 5, Artemis Clark 2) and Ipswich School 5-1 (Artemis Clark 3, Jess Bloom 2).

Team: Hannah Coulson, Jess Bloom, Alice Nutbourne, Francis Taylor, Amelia Thomson, Ellie Blake, Jess Hull and Artemis Clark.

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