Harling just lose out to Harleston

Harleston 2, East Harling 1

East Harling had the first real chance but Daniel Fowler’s effort rebounded off a post.

This was followed by two handball appeals where Harling felt they should have got a penalty.

With a strong wind behind them Harling had the better of the first half but a good finish saw Harleston go ahead.

Sam Dickens missed a good chance to score from a Tom Smith free-kick and it remained 1-0 to Harleston at the break.

Harleston had the better of the second half but neither side created any meaningful chances.

A fine cross by Pat Armes was pushed away by the home keeper only as far as Ben Chase who scored to equalise. Harleston grabbed the winner when a high ball eluded the visitors’ defence and was well finished.

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On balance, a fair result but Harling for the second time have lost 2-1 to the league leaders but given a good account of themselves in both games.

Pat Armes was man-of-the-match for Harling whilst Jack Denniss and Ellis Williamson again had very good games.

Next up, Harling face Loddon Reserves at home.

East Harling Reserves 0, Holt Reserves 0

East Harling Reserves deservedly shared the points after three successive defeats with league leaders Holt Reserves.

Both sides played some good football in the difficult windy conditions. Neither keeper had much to do as both sides struggled to create anything in the final third.

Man-of-the-match for Harling was Andy Collins-Reed, but his fellow defenders, Peter Blades, George Chandler and Ben Morgan all had good games. Next up, Thorpe Village Reserves away.