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Hockey players aim to bounce back

PUBLISHED: 09:54 17 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:16 11 May 2010

Gorleston in action against Harleston Magpies III.

Gorleston in action against Harleston Magpies III.

Gorleston 1, Harleston Magpies III 5

A disappointing result for Gorleston hockey players but not altogether unexpected, facing a Harleston side unbeaten this season.

Gorleston 1, Harleston Magpies III 5

A disappointing result for Gorleston hockey players but not altogether unexpected, facing a Harleston side unbeaten this season.

Missing Nick Mobbs and Jamie Higginbotham and with last week's hero Malcolm Berry on umpire duty, Gorleston never really got going and the reshuffled team lacked discipline in the face of the visitors total physical commitment.

Gorleston started brightly but found it difficult break Harleston's strong defence.

Damien Bunting, playing his first game for Gorleston, particularly came in for some strong tackling.

The result was that most of the game was played in Gorleston's half, and despite good performances from Andrew Lilly and Barney King the visitors scored after 15 minutes and by half-time were four up.

An injury to skipper Kevin MacDonald added further to Gorleston woes but they did

pull one goal back early in the second half when Monty Raymond netted a Jason Austin short corner.

Shortly after, however, the visitors restored their match-winning advantage then held out comfortably to overtake Gorleston in Division Three North East of the NE14 East Men's League table.

Next, the visitors to Cliff Park are Harleston's 4th XI who are fourth in the same league. Push-back time is 2.30pm.

Gorleston will hope they can bounce back to take revenge against the Suffolk club's junior side.

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