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Magpies Ladies Weekend Preview

HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES WEEKEND PREVIEW

Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents are away this Saturday against Southgate HC starting at 12.30pm. Last week Magpies beat Chelmsford at home 3-1 finishing with a strong second half performance, despite conceding an equaliser early in the second half. It was another good result but there were plenty of opportunities for Magpies to have scored more goals. The goals were scored by Tor Findlay, Maria Andrews and Lauren Barber. After last weekend Magpies remain in 3rd place with 29 points.

Southgate played two matches last weekend losing 4-1 to Hampstead and Westminster on Saturday but beating Northampton Saints 5-0 at home on the Sunday. Alexandra Fenwick scored from two penalty corners and this is a name Magpies will remember well as she scored a hatrick at Magpies back in October. Fortunately on that day Magpies scored 5 goals with two decisive late goals from Lucy Whiting. Southgate are presently in 8th place with 12 points.

Lucy Whiting is unavailable this week but Lauren Rowe returns to the squad.

SQUAD: Lucy Belsey (Capt), Lauren Barber, Louisa Greenacre, Debbie Francis, Katherine Ridley, Rose Winter, Charlotte Peet, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay, Lauren Mickleburgh, Abby Gooderham, Maria Andrews, Lauren Rowe, Charlotte Harrison and Bryony Lund.

Harleston Magpies Ladies Preview

HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES WEEKEND PREVIEW

Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents are at home this Saturday against Chelmsford HC starting at 2.00pm. Last week Magpies were lucky with the weather in that their game against Hampstead and Westminster was able to go ahead when so many other matches in the East were called off. As expected Hampstead gave Magpies a very hard match. Magpies scored two goals in a minute in the first half from Maria Andrews and Lizzie Clymer to give them a 2-0 lead. In the second half Magpies had plenty of defending to do as the visitors pulled a goal back and then pressed very hard for an equaliser. Magpies managed to hold on to all three points and to increase the gap on 4th placed Hampstead to four points.

At the moment Magpies remain in 3rd place with 26 points, but with the top two teams Wimbledon and Sevenoaks not playing last week they have also closed the gap on second placed Sevenoaks to one point and Wimbledon to four points. Chelmsford were also able to play their match last week beating West Herts 2-1 at home. Chelmsford are in 7th place on 14 points. Earlier in the season Magpies beat Chelmsford 2-1 away with both goals scored by Maria Andrews. Magpies will be looking for their high scoring team to continue their good form and to keep their unbeaten home record going. Lauren Rowe is unavailable and Lauren Mickleburgh returns to the squad. Annie Nunn is still out injured.

This week Magpies have Rose Winter, Abby Gooderham and Maria Andrews all involved in different England aged training groups so we hope it goes well for all of them.

SQUAD: Lucy Belsey (Capt), Lauren Barber, Louisa Greenacre, Debbie Francis, Katherine Ridley, Rose Winter, Charlotte Peet, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay, Lauren Mickleburgh, Abby Gooderham, Maria Andrews, Lucy Whiting, Charlotte Harrison and Bryony Lund.

Harleston Magpies Ladies Preview

HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES WEEKEND PREVIEW

Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents are at home this Saturday against Hampstead and Westminster starting at 2.00pm. Last week Magpies returned to League action away against the bottom team Northampton and came away with a clinical 7-1 win. It was encouraging to see the goals coming from five different players namely Lauren Mickleburgh 2, Abby Gooderham 2, Lauren Rowe, Tor Findlay and Lizzie Clymer.

Hampstead and Westminster will not bring back very good memories to the Magpies players from their meeting earlier in the season in London, when Magpies scored first but went on to lose 4-1. There will be plenty of lessons to learn from that experience and there will be no better time to turn the tables than this week with home advantage. At the moment Magpies remain in 3rd place one point ahead of Hampstead and Westminster, so the teams respective records suggest that they are closely matched. Wimbledon still lead the table with 30 points, closely followed by Sevenoaks with 27 points and Magpies with 23 points.

Lauren Mickleburgh is unavailable this week and Annie Nunn is still recovering from her injury sustained during the Indoor season. Magpies will call up Anna Tighe and Rose Winter from the 2nd team, especially as the 2nd team are also at home this weekend. Anna has already played for the first team this season, but for Rose who played for the England Under 16s last season this will be her first team League debut.

SQUAD: Lucy Belsey (Capt), Lauren Barber, Louisa Greenacre, Debbie Francis, Katherine Ridley, Rose Winter, Anna Tighe, Charlotte Peet, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay, Lauren Rowe, Abby Gooderham, Maria Andrews, Lucy Whiting, Charlotte Harrison and Bryony Lund.

Harleston Magpies Ladies Preview

HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES WEEKEND PREVIEW

Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents return to outdoor National League action this Saturday away against Northampton Saints starting at 2.15pm. This will be their first outdoor League match since November 26th due to the rather prolonged Indoor season.

Frozen pitches have hampered Magpies in their preparations but they did play a very useful friendly last Sunday against St Albans, who they beat 1-0 thanks to a goal from Maria Andrews.

Magpies had an excellent first half of the season and are currently third in the League seven points behind the leaders Wimbledon and four points behind second placed Sevenoaks.

Northampton who were promoted into the League this season have found the going tough and are currently bottom of the League with one point. Magpies beat them 5-0 at home earlier in the season. Magpies finished the first half of the season with a bang beating West Herts 6-0 and if they want to push on in the second half of the season they will need to make sure that there are no slip ups this weekend and that they are clinical in their work to make sure of all three points.

Maria Andrews remains the leading goal scorer in this League with 11 goals. Unfortunately Annie Nunn is unavailable for a few weeks following an injury sustained during the Indoor League season.

However this gives Lauren Rowe an opportunity to make her outdoor National League debut.

Magpies finished the Indoor League season with an impressive win against Surbiton in their last match to ensure their status in Division 1 for next season.

SQUAD: Lucy Belsey (Capt), Lauren Barber, Louisa Greenacre, Debbie Francis, Katherine Ridley, Lauren Mickleburgh, Charlotte Peet, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay, Lauren Rowe, Abby Gooderham, Maria Andrews, Lucy Whiting, Charlotte Harrison and Bryony Lund.

Harleston Magpies Ladies Preview

HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES WEEKEND PREVIEW

Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents are at home this Saturday against West Herts HC starting at 2.00pm.

Magpies suffered their second defeat of the season last week when they lost 2-1 away to Wimbledon who are level on points with Sevenoaks at the top of the League. After the disappointment of that result Magpies will be looking to return to winning ways in their final match prior to the EHL winter break and before their attention turns to the Indoor programme. The return to the squad of Charlotte Harrison and Bryony Lund should see Magpies at nearly full strength.

Magpies beat West Herts away 5-2 in their opening game of the season but the score line does not tell the full story as West Herts attacking play caused Magpies plenty of problems and it was the West Herts defence which proved to be their weakness. West Herts will be encouraged by their first League win last week when they beat Northampton at home 3-1 and they will have plenty to fight for as that win gives them four points for the season and the potential to pull away from the relegation position.

After losing last week Magpies have slipped back into 4th place two points behind Hampstead and Westminster. West Herts are in 9th place one position above the automatic relegation spot.

SQUAD: Lucy Belsey (Capt), Lauren Barber, Louisa Greenacre, Debbie Francis, Katherine Ridley, Lauren Mickleburgh, Charlotte Peet, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay, Annie Nunn, Maria Andrews, Lucy Whiting, Charlotte Harrison and Bryony Lund.

Harleston Magpies Ladies Preview

HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES WEEKEND PREVIEW

Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents are away this Saturday against Wimbledon HC starting at 2.00pm.

Last week Magpies had a stunning 1-0 home win against the League leaders Sevenoaks who previously had a 100% record of seven straight wins. A penalty flick well taken by Maria Andrews was the match winning goal to increase her tally for the season to eight goals. At the other end a penalty flick awarded to Sevenoaks with two minutes to go was saved by goalkeeper Tosh Peet with a great diving save. Despite that defeat Sevenoaks are still at the top but Wimbledon who are in second place are now level on points with Sevenoaks.

Clearly Wimbledon away will be another top clash and another challenge for Magpies who are in third place four points behind the top two teams and have only been beaten once this season. They will also come up against former Magpies player Cherry Seaborn.

There will be a few changes to the Magpies squad this weekend which sees Jess Howland and Hannah de Selincourt join the squad.

SQUAD: Lucy Belsey (Capt), Lauren Barber, Louisa Greenacre, Debbie Francis, Katherine Ridley, Lauren Mickleburgh, Charlotte Peet, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay, Annie Nunn, Abby Gooderham, Maria Andrews, Lucy Whiting, Jess Howland and Hannah de Selincourt

Harleston Magpies Ladies Preview

HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES WEEKEND PREVIEW

Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents are at home this Sunday against the League leaders Sevenoaks HC starting at 2.00pm.

Last week Magpies returned to winning ways with a 2-1 away win at Chelmsford. Magpies were 2-0 up at half time thanks to two goals from Maria Andrews and they should have been 3-0 up. As always happens Chelmsford pulled a goal back and then Magpies had a battle on their hands, but Magpies just could not find that third goal to ensure a more comfortable win.

This Sunday on Sponsors Day Magpies will be faced with a real test against Sevenoaks who sit top of the League table with maximum points with seven wins out of seven matches played. Goals for 30 against 5 conceded. Sevenoaks have recruited well during the summer including South African player coach Jen Wilson who joined them from Canterbury. Wimbledon remain in second place three points behind the leaders, whilst Magpies are in third place four points behind Wimbledon.

Maria Andrews with two goals last week is now the second highest scorer in this League. Sevenoaks have the next three leading scorers with Jess Deniff, Cathy Gilliat-Smith and Maddie Thompson having scored 17 goals between them, but surprisingly only one from penalty corners.

SQUAD: Lucy Belsey (Capt), Lauren Barber, Louisa Greenacre, Bryony Lund, Debbie Francis, Katherine Ridley, Lauren Mickleburgh, Charlotte Peet, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay, Charlotte Harrison, Annie Nunn, Abby Gooderham, Maria Andrews, Lucy Whiting and Kara Kilbourn

Harleston Magpies Ladies Preview

HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES WEEKEND PREVIEW

Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents are away this Saturday against Chelmsord HC starting at 2.00pm.

Last week there was no League game so Magpies had a long time to reflect on their 4-1 defeat the previous week against Hampstead and Westminster. Clearly they will be one of the top three teams in the League and Magpies were not at full strength but it was still a disappointing way for Magpies to lose their first game of the season.

Still Magpies need to get back on track this week when they play Chelmsford away and the return of Lizzie Clymer, Kara Kilbourn and Lauren Mickleburgh makes it look a more familiar squad to the one that has been playing most of the season. At the moment Magpies are in 4th place with eleven points and Chelmsford are in 8th place with five points. Magpies have had mixed results at Chelmsford in recent years, but they need a good result this week with some very tough games in the next few weeks against the top teams Sevenoaks and Wimbledon.

Chelmsford started the season with a 1-1 draw away at Northampton, drew 0-0 at home to Hampstead and Westminster, beat West Herts away 6-4, lost at home to League leaders Sevenoaks 6-1 and lost away to Southgate 1-0.

SQUAD: Lucy Belsey (Capt), Lauren Barber, Louisa Greenacre, Bryony Lund, Debbie Francis, Katherine Ridley, Lauren Mickleburgh, Charlotte Peet, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay, Charlotte Harrison, Annie Nunn, Abby Gooderham, Maria Andrews and Kara Kilbourn.

Harleston Magpies Ladies Preview

HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES WEEKEND PREVIEW

Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents are away this Saturday against Hampstead and Westminster HC starting at 1.30 pm.

Last week after a disappointing first half against Southgate Maria Andrews scored a crucial goal to level the score at 1-1 just before half time. Despite going 2-1 down early in the second half Magpies finished much the stronger of the two teams to run out 5-3 winners to record another impressive win, although they will be disappointed to have conceded three goals. This will be the third time Magpies have scored five goals in a match this season and they are currently 3rd in the League.

Hampstead & Westminster are 4th in the League one place and one point behind Magpies. They have lost 2-1 at home to Wimbledon, drawn 0-0 away at Chelmsford, beaten St Albans 2-1 at home, beaten Southgate away 5-2 and last week they beat Northampton 7-3 away.

This will probably be Magpies toughest test to date and last season Magpies lost 1-0 to the London team in the final minute.

At the moment the League is settling down with Sevenoaks at the top looking very impressive with Wimbledon in second place. Those will be two challenging matches for Magpies to play in the coming weeks.

SQUAD FROM: Lucy Belsey (Capt), Lauren Barber, Louisa Greenacre, Bryony Lund, Debbie Francis, Katherine Ridley, Lauren Mickleburgh, Charlotte Peet, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay, Charlotte Harrison, Lucy Whiting, Annie Nunn, Abby Gooderham, Hannah de Selincourt, Anna Tighe and Maria

Harleston Magpies Ladies Preview

HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES WEEKEND PREVIEW

Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents are at home this Saturday against Southgate HC starting at 2.00pm.

Last week Lizzie Clymer scored a 68th minute equaliser to make it 2-2 and this late fight back was achieved with only ten players on the pitch. It showed great fighting spirit to come back so late in the game, but they were left to reflect on all those chances that they created in the opening ten minutes of the match and never took one of them. Maria Andrews put Magpies 1-0 up after 21 minutes and by that time Magpies should have been out of sight. As always happens St Albans came back into the game with two goals in the second half to take the lead and by this point Magpies had lost their composure. The equaliser came as quite a relief.

This week Southgate HC are the visitors to Weybread and they have made a steady start in their return to the East Conference. They are in 5th place with five points, three points behind Magpies who are in third place. Southgate have drawn 3—3 with Cambridge City, drawn 2-2 with St Albans, beaten Northampton 4-0 and last week lost 5-2 to Hampstead and Westminster. The picture seems to be emerging of a team who can score plenty of goals but at the moment are conceding too many. In Alexandra Fenwick they have the leading goal scorer in the League with six goals.

SQUAD FROM: Lucy Belsey (Capt), Lauren Barber, Louisa Greenacre, Bryony Lund, Debbie Francis, Katherine Ridley, Lauren Mickleburgh, Charlotte Peet, Kara Kilbourn, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay, Charlotte Harrison, Lucy Whiting, Annie Nunn, Abby Gooderham and Maria Andrews

Harleston Magpies Ladies Preview

HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES WEEKEND PREVIEW

Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents are away this Saturday at St Albans starting at 1.00pm.

Magpies were unable to keep their 100% record going last week against Cambridge City after conceding an early goal in the first half. A great fight back in the second half saw Maria Andrews equalise which was the least they deserved and they had the chances to win in the second half.

Even so Magpies have made a very good start to the season with two wins and a draw and are currently in second place behind a very strong looking Sevenoaks side.

St Albans have made a slow start to the season having lost their opening game 5-0 away at Sevenoaks, followed by a 2-2 draw at home against Southgate. Last week they lost 2-1 away at Hampstead and Westminster, which leaves them in 8th position with one point.

St Albans have had a much tougher start to the season than Magpies, but Magpies have the confidence and the momentum going into this match based on some good results. This week sees Charlotte Peet return in goal for Magpies after being unavailable last week. Thanks goes to Jade Daly for standing in last week.

Abby Gooderham is unavailable this week because of a school fixture but otherwise Magpies have much the same squad they have had all season.

SQUAD: Lucy Belsey (Capt), Lauren Barber, Louisa Greenacre, Bryony Lund, Debbie Francis, Katherine Ridley, Lauren Mickleburgh, Charlotte Peet, Kara Kilbourn, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay, Charlotte Harrison, Lucy Whiting, Annie Nunn and Maria Andrews

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HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES WEEKEND PREVIEW

Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents are at home this Saturday against Cambridge City starting at 2.00pm.

Magpies have made a flying start to the season beating West Herts 5-2 away and last week beating Northampton Saints at home 5-0 and are currently top of the East Conference on goal difference from Wimbledon. With a very new look forward line this season to score ten goals in the opening two games is remarkable and the goals have been shared around with seven different goal scorers.

This week the forward line will be strengthened further by the return of England U18 player Abby Gooderham after injury.

However Magpies are aware that they have probably just played the weakest two teams in the League having both been promoted from the East and Midlands Leagues respectively. These teams still have to be beaten and Magpies could do no more than they have done and they have six precious points in the bag. History tells us that Magpies have not always put away struggling teams.

Cambridge City were one of the leading teams in the League last season and Magpies had two tough matches against them last season. Cambridge City have not got off to a flyer this season having drawn 3-3 away with Southgate in the opening game and last week lost 2-0 at home to Sevenoaks. Sevenoaks look to have strengthened considerably this season so that will have been a difficult fixture.

It promises to be an interesting match this week.

Injury wise Annie Nunn completed her first match back last week and Lauren Barber came through her second game unscathed.

SQUAD: Lucy Belsey (Capt), Lauren Barber, Louisa Greenacre, Bryony Lund, Debbie Francis, Katherine Ridley, Lauren Mickleburgh, Abby Gooderham, Jade Daly, Kara Kilbourn, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay, Charlotte Harrison, Lucy Whiting, Annie Nunn and Maria Andrews

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HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES WEEKEND PREVIEW

Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents are at home this Saturday against another newly promoted team Northampton Saints. The match starts at 2.00pm.

Magpies received a huge boost to their confidence when they beat West Herts away 5-2 last weekend. Apart from the three points the most pleasing aspect was the way the forwards played and the fact that they created many chances and took five of them. There were plenty of things for the squad to work on in terms of the shape of the team, but it is so much easier if you get off to a winning start.

Northampton Saints have been promoted to the National League from the Midlands League and it is not the first time that Northampton have played at this level. Last week they drew 1-1 with Chelmsford having gone 1-0 down they came back to equalise in 65th minute. The other results in the East Conference last week saw Southgate draw 3-3 with Cambridge City, Sevenoaks beat St Albans 5-0 and Wimbledon beat Hampstead and Westminster 2-1.

Annie Nunn joins the squad after injury.

SQUAD: Lucy Belsey (Capt), Lauren Barber, Louisa Greenacre, Bryony Lund, Debbie Francis, Katherine Ridley, Lauren Mickleburgh, Anna Tighe, Charlotte Peet (Lee-Smith), Kara Kilbourn, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay, Charlotte Harrison, Lucy Whiting, Annie Nunn and Maria Andrews

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HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES WEEKEND PREVIEW

Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents start their 18th successive season in the National League with an away trip to newly promoted West Herts on Saturday. The match starts at 1.30pm. There are no easy games in this League and West Herts are bound to be highly motivated in their first match at this level. It is also likely that they will have strengthened their squad since winning promotion.

Magpies start the season with Lucy Belsey remaining as Captain supported by Vice Captain Lauren Barber. Rob Sorrell has taken over as Coach for the first time, although he knows the players well having helped out with the coaching last season. Nick McAllen continues as Manager.

Magpies completed their final practice matches last Saturday in London beating Exe 2-0 and drawing 1-1 with Oxford Hawks. Magpies pre season has been hampered by a number of injuries, but this has given the opportunity for a number of young players to show what they can do at this level and a number have forced their way into the squad for this weekend.

Magpies are pleased to welcome back a number of players to the Club including Katherine Ridley, Bryony Lund, Annie Nunn, Jess Howland and Jade Daly who will all strengthen the squad. Fortunately Annie Nunn is on her way back from injury but is not quite ready for this weekend.

However from last season Magpies will be without Emma Lee-Smith who will be playing for East Grinstead and Katrina Sitch who is expecting a happy event. Susan Wessels is also unlikely to play this season.

SQUAD: Lucy Belsey (Capt), Lauren Barber, Louisa Greenacre, Bryony Lund, Debbie Francis, Katherine Ridley, Lauren Mickleburgh, Anna Tighe, Charlotte Peet (Lee-Smith), Kara Kilbourn, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay, Charlotte Harrison, Lucy Whiting and Maria Andrews

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HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES WEEKEND PREVIEW

This Saturday Magpies play two matches at the Lee Valley Stadium at the Olympic Park in London against Exe HC at 14.50 and Oxford Hawks at 17.35.These will be two useful practice matches against two teams from the West Conference of the National League prior to the start of League matches the following week.

Last week Magpies had a useful work out against Ipswich at home winning 5-0 and they will be looking to build on that performance this week. Unfortunately Magpies will be nowhere near full strength due to injuries, school matches and unavailability. However these issues give Magpies the chance to continue to blood young players as they did at the Birmingham University Tournament three weeks ago.

Injuries continue to keep out Goalkeeper Charlotte Peet (Lee-Smith), Annie Nunn, Lauren Rowe and Kath Johnson. Lauren Barber who is also recovering from injury hopes to pick up some pitch time this weekend.

SQUAD: Lucy Belsey (Capt), Lauren Barber, Louisa Greenacre, Bryony Lund, Debbie Francis, Katherine Ridley, Lauren Mickleburgh, Anna Tighe, Jade Daly, Olivia Locke, Kara Kilbourn, Tor Findlay, Mia King, Jess Howland, Amy de Selincourt and Jess Howland.

Harleston Magpies Ladies Preview

HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES PREVIEW

Harleston Magpies Ladies play Ipswich at home this Saturday starting at 12.00 in another pre season friendly as they continue their preparation for the start of the League season. After four matches at Birmingham last weekend the squad sees a number of players who were not available last week making their first appearance including Molly Redgrove, Charlotte Harrison and Hannah de Selincourt. It is important to see everybody play before the first League game although injuries continue to hamper preparations with Charlotte Peet (GK), Lauren Barber, Annie Nunn and Kath Johnson still not ready to return this week and Abby Gooderham has now been added to the injury list. With a large squad invited some will have the opportunity to pick up extra pitch time playing for the 2’s who have a practice match earlier.

Squad: Lucy Belsey (Capt), Debbie Francis, Louisa Grenacre, Bryony Lund, Charlotte Harrison, Molly Redgrove, Katherine Ridley, Lucy Whiting, Anna Tighe, Lauren Mickleburgh, Hannah de Selincourt, Jade Daly, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay and Kara Kilbourn.

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HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES PLAY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

PRE SEASON TOURNAMENT THIS WEEKEND ON SAT/SUN AUG 27/28

Harleston Magpies Ladies will start the pre season at the University of Birmingham Tournament this weekend in preparation for the start of another season in the East Conference National League. They are indebted to the generosity and support of Musker McIntyre Estate Agents who will be sponsoring the team again this season.

Magpies will be travelling to Birmingham with a large squad made up of experienced National League players as well as a number of young players who will be given the opportunity to show what they can do at this level and who will benefit from the experience.

This season the team will be led by Rob Sorrell as Coach, although he will already know most of the players as he assisted with the coaching last season. Lucy Belsey will continue as Captain with Lauren Barber stepping up to be Vice Captain.

MATCHES

Saturday 15.00 Sutton Coldfield

Saturday 17.00 East Grinstead

Sunday 10.00 Isca

Sunday 14.10 Reading

SQUAD:

Lucy Belsey (Capt), Lauren Barber, Debbie Francis, Louisa Greenacre, Bryony Lund, Lauren Mickleburgh, Kara Kilbourn, Katherine Ridley, Lauren Rowe, Anna Tighe, Tor Findlay, Mia King, Olivia Locke, Maria Andrews, Annie Nunn (Sat), Jade Daly (Sat), Lizzie Clymer (Sat), Holly Riches (Sun), Lucy Whiting (Sun).

Charlotte Peet (Lee-Smith) and Kath Johnson are both injured.

It is good to welcome back to the Club Katherine Ridley, Annie Nunn, Bryony Lund and Jade Daley, although going the other way Emma Lee-Smith will be playing for East Grinstead this season.

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HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES WEEKEND PREVIEW

Harleston Magpies Ladies 1st team sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents are at home this Saturday against Cambridge City in their final League game of the season. The match starts at 2.00pm. Unfortunately after two successive away games at Maidenhead and Wimbledon Magpies have no points to show for all their efforts. Wimbledon are a quality side and Magpies played very well in the first half and were unfortunate to have a Lucy Whiting goal disallowed. In the end this proved to be crucial. Magpies struggled to maintain their tempo in the second half and Wimbledon pressure finally saw them take the lead.

This week Cambridge City represent an even tougher match as they currently sit second in the League just four points behind the leaders Slough. Cambridge are having an impressive season and Magpies will have to be at their best if they want three points, but they will have home advantage. In the previous encounter earlier in the season the result finished 2-2 with Cambridge equalising with a late penalty flick. Magpies also need a win if they are going to hold on to 5th place as they are presently level on points with St Albans, whilst Sevenoaks who are one point behind.

Lucy Whiting is unavailable due to work but Magpies are pleased to welcome back Susan Wessels and Abby Gooderham to the squad.

SQUAD FROM:

Lucy Belsey (Capt), Debbie Francis, Charlotte Lee-Smith, Molly Redgrove, Katrina Sitch, Kath Johnson, Lauren Barber, Louisa Greenacre, Emma Lee-Smith, Charlotte Harrison, Maria Andrews, Lauren Mickleburgh, Susan Wessels, Abby Gooderham and Lizzie Clymer.

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HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES WEEKEND PREVIEW

Harleston Magpies Ladies 1st team sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents are away again this Saturday, but this time against Wimbledon with a start time of 2.00pm. Last weekend the long trip to Maidenhead ended in disappointment after twice coming from behind to level the score at 2-2 Magpies looked marginally the better team. However as the game seemed heading for a draw Magpies conceded a penalty stroke in the last minute which allowed Maidenhead to snatch a late winner.

Wimbledon are in 3rd position in the League and have been in good form since the start of the second half of the season. Last week they drew 1-1 with League leaders Slough. Magpies are also likely to come up against former players Cherry Seaborn and Lizzie Jones. Magpies are presently in 5th position in the League three points behind Wimbledon.

Emma Lee-Smith should return to the squad this week as well as Lauren Mickleburgh, but unfortunately Abby Gooderham is not available.

SQUAD:

Lucy Belsey (Capt), Debbie Francis, Charlotte Lee-Smith, Molly Redgrove, Katrina Sitch, Kath Johnson, Lauren Barber, Louisa Greenacre, Lucy Whiting, Emma Lee-Smith, Charlotte Harrison, Maria Andrews, Lauren Mickleburgh and Lizzie Clymer.

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HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES WEEKEND PREVIEW

Harleston Magpies Ladies 1st team sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents are away this Saturday against Maidenhead starting at 1.30pm. Last week Magpies made very hard work of beating Ipswich at home allowing them to score a second half equaliser before several late goals gave a flattering score line of 4-1. Ironically it could have been 5-1 as the final whistle went as Abby Gooderham rounded the goalkeeper and put the ball in the goal.

However that win means Magpies continued their good form since Christmas with three wins as well as a draw against League leaders Slough. Magpies remain in 4th position two points behind Cambridge City in second place and Wimbledon in 3rd place.

After a very positive first season in the East Conference Maidenhead are finding the going a lot tougher this season as they are currently in the relegation play off position of 9th. They seem to be scoring goals freely but defensively they have conceded 46 goals. Last season Magpies lost the opening game of the season at Maidenhead which was not helped by arriving late having faced all kinds of traffic jams. Hopefully it will be a smoother journey this time.

Maria Andrews returns to the squad and youngster Tor Findlay has been called up for her first taste of National League hockey.

SQUAD FROM:

Lucy Belsey (Capt), Debbie Francis, Charlotte Lee-Smith, Molly Redgrove, Katrina Sitch, Kath Johnson, Lauren Barber, Louisa Greenacre, Lucy Whiting, Emma Lee-Smith, Charlotte Harrison, Abby Gooderham, Maria Andrews, Tor Findlay and Lizzie Clymer.