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

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.


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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.

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