Late goal denies Harpenden a superb come-from-behind win at fortress Wapping
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Harpenden Hockey Club almost produced a stunning comeback away to Wapping before being pegged back to a 3-3 draw.
The hosts have turned their Lee Valley National Hockey Centre base into something of a fortress and this was only the second time someone has taken points off them at home this year.
That looked unlikely when they conceded two first-half goals from penalty corners but Mark Hoefield halved the deficit before the break with a deflection following good work on the right.
Some stirring words at half-time from coach David Thomas spurred the visitors to up their game even further and two quick-fire goals of their own, firstly from a Todd Baines penalty corner and then a close-range effort from Nick McLean put them ahead.
A red card for dissent issued to the home side increased their hopes but with almost the final play Wapping struck from another penalty corner.
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Paul Nash had the last chance for Harpenden but his shot was saved and the game ended tied.
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