Hockey: Saffron Walden hit by Harleston

PUBLISHED: 13:00 20 December 2017

Saffron Walden defend a short corner (pic Jamie Pluck)

Saffron Walden defend a short corner (pic Jamie Pluck)

Archant

Saffron Walden’s men fell to defeat against Harleston Magpies in an 11-goal East Premier A thriller at the Joyce Frankland Academy on Saturday.

The match was brought forward from its original January 6 date and Walden took the lead on an early counter-attack.

Harleston hit back with a brace of high-quality goals, but Walden replied with a quickfire brace of their own to move 3-2 ahead.

Two clever deflections put Magpies back in front in a topsy-turvy encounter and they added a close-range fifth before the interval.

The visitors then made a bright start to the second half and scored two more goals, including a superb six-man move, to move 7-3 up.

Walden scored a fourth goal before the final whistle, but it proved to be little consolation and they go into the festive break in a mid-table position with 12 points from a dozen matches played to date. They host Chelmsford on January 13.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Saffron Walden Reporter. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Saffron Walden Reporter