Upminster men clip wings of Magpies to join title race as women make valid point too

UHC Mens 1st Team [3 v 2] Harleston Magpies 2nd Team

Upminster’s men got back to winning ways after the Christmas break in East League Division One with a 3-2 success over Harleston Magpies.

The first goal came from a rare moment of quality as Alex Mitchell fed Nick Hull, who drove across the byline and returned a pass for him to slot home.

A second arrived soon after, following a turnover, as Steve Wright went through on goal and showed composure to round the keeper and fire into the net.

Harleston hit back before the break, when Phil Dixon made a save but the rebound was put away on the volley.

But Upminster restored their two-goal cushion when Jamie O’Dell finished off a well-worked move, firing between the keeper’s legs.

The hosts had plenty of chances to put the result beyond doubt, but Magpies instead managed to score a second goal of their own to set up a tense final 10 minutes.

Upminster held strong, though, to take the win and, with the top two both losing, draw themselves back into the title race.