Hard, physical game
East Hockey League Division 2N Harleston Magpies II 6 Ely 0 FOR the first time this season Ely conceded several goals from open play, and were beaten in a tough, physical battle. The trip to third-placed Harleston was made harder by the fact several pla
East Hockey League
Harleston Magpies II 6 Ely 0
FOR the first time this season Ely conceded several goals from open play, and were beaten in a tough, physical battle.
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The trip to third-placed Harleston was made harder by the fact several players were missing. Andrew Monteith made his debut and Ian Grange returned to the Ely goal.
Harleston's water-based AstroTurf pitch was a new experience to many Ely players, with the ball travelling much slower than expected.
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Harleston started strongly, and Ely were defending from the off, conceding two goals within the first 15 minutes.
A physical and contentious game saw injuries to Stu Clark, captain Julian Palmer and Tommy Hugo and Ely were 3-0 down by half-time.
Ely could not rally in the second half and the hosts continued to show real quality in attack, scoring three more goals before the end.
Palmer said: "The heavy defeat was not unexpected and we battled hard, but I am surprised they are not at the top of the league.