Harleston Magpies Ladies Indoor squad sponsored by Durrants Estate Agents travel to Nottingham University this weekend. Last weekend at Bristol, Magpies recorded three wins and a draw. At the half way stage they are currently in second place on goal difference from Surbiton, but two points behind the leaders Sutton Coldfield, who won all four of their matches. The top two teams will be promoted to the Premier Division, so there is everything to play for and it promises to be an exciting weekend of hockey all round.
On Saturday Magpies play Gloucester City at 13.30 and Reading at 17.30. On Sunday Magpies meet Sevenoaks at 11.00 and League leaders Sutton Coldfield at 17.00 in the final game of the Tournament.
Magpies squad changes slightly from last weekend with Debbie Francis and Annie Nunn joining it, but losing Charlotte Harrison.
Squad: Emma Lee-Smith Player Coach, Lauren Barber (Capt), Megan Brown, Kristine Ayling, Lauren Rowe, Debbie Francis, Sarah Brook, Aoife Lowe-Davies, Lara Taylor and Annie Nunn.
Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents are at home this Saturday against St Albans starting at 1.30.
St Albans current form sees them 6th in the League with wins against Southgate and Ipswich. A draw against Horsham and two defeats to Sevenoaks and Hampstead. Matches against St Albans have traditionally been close with both teams having the better of the results when playing at home. Having played St Albans in a preseason friendly both teams will know what to expect from each other, but the onus will be on Magpies to make the most of their home advantage.
After Saturday’s 5-0 home win last week against Ipswich Magpies have gone to the top of the League with a two point gap over second placed Hampstead. This is the best start Magpies have made to a season for 6 years and it is important that they continue their momentum this week against St Albans. Clearly Lauren Rowe is in stunning form having scored all five goals last week and the week before scored both goals against Sevenoaks. Lauren is currently the leading goal scorer in the League with 11 goals, which is an impressive tally.
All these results this season have been achieved against a background of injuries and illnesses which have stretched the squad. This week Rose Winter and Georgie Cantrell will be unavailable because of school commitments, but Louisa Greenacre and Jess Bloom should return to the squad. There are still injury doubts about two players.
Squad From: Lauren Barber (Capt), Megan Brown, Katrina Sitch, Debbie Francis, Fran Burrell, Lara Taylor, Lauren Rowe, Louisa Greenacre, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay, Lucy Whiting, Jess Bloom, Charlotte Harrison, Charlotte Seaman, Emma Lee-Smith and Annie Nunn.
Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents are at home this Saturday against Ipswich starting at 1.30.
If the 2-0 win against League leaders Cambridge City two weeks ago was a great performance, last weeks 2-1 away win at Sevenoaks was an even better result. Sevenoaks is a very tough place to go and Magpies do not often come away from there with a result. The result is even more remarkable as the squad was short of a number of players due to injury and illness. Despite the loss of a number of key players Magpies were very composed in the first half and took the lead early on when Lauren Rowe scored from a penalty corner. Lauren soon followed this up with a second goal from a corner to lead 2-0. Sevenoaks inevitably came back very strongly and at the end Magpies were hanging on to a 2-1 lead. Had Lauren Rowe’s great goal in the second half not been inexplicably disallowed the finish would have been a lot more comfortable. Last week Charlotte Seaman and Georgie Gardens made their first team League debuts.
Cambridge City are still top of the League on goal difference from Magpies who have the same number of points as them. At the moment all the big teams Wimbledon, Hampstead and Sevenoaks are in 3rd, 4th and 5th position. With Magpies and Cambridge both recording notable wins against the fancied teams last week this may lead to a much tighter League than anybody could have anticipated.
Ipswich have returned to the National League this season and at the moment are finding the going quite tough and they just need a result to get them going. We have to make sure it does not happen on Saturday. Losing last week 1-0 to Southgate in the final seconds of the match is never easy to handle. This week is likely to be a very competitive local derby match and based on the pre season friendly it will be a tight match.
Probable Squad: Lauren Barber (Capt), Jade Daly, Katrina Sitch, Rose Winter, Debbie Francis, Fran Burrell, Lara Taylor, Lauren Rowe, Georgie Cantrell, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay, Rose Winter, Charlotte Harrison, Charlotte Seaman and Annie Nunn.
Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents are away this Saturday at Southgate starting at 2.00pm. Southgate have had a tough start to the season losing their opening two matches 5-0 away to Cambridge City in the opening fixture and 3-0 at home last week to Sevenoaks. Both these matches were against two of the potential top teams in this League so it is difficult to assess the potential strength of Southgate at the moment. They did have a difficult time last season and just survived relegation by winning two play off matches.
Magpies on the other hand have had a very positive start to the season winning their opening match away at Bedford 3-0. Last week we lost 4-3 at home to Wimbledon in a tremendous match against a team who have ambitions to win the League this season. In the first half Wimbledon went into a 2-0 lead and at this point they would have felt very comfortable. However in a 5 minute spell just before half time Magpies levelled the scores from two penalty corners through Lara Taylor and Emma Lee-Smith. This set the match up for an intriguing second half. Magpies struck first through Lauren Rowe to put Magpies 3-2 in front. To be fair to Wimbledon they responded like a top team and put Magpies under pressure levelling the scores with 10 minutes to go. Unfortunately Magpies could not hold on to what would have been an amazing result and conceded the winner with four minutes left to go.
However it will give Magpies the belief that they can take on the top teams and push them all the way. This week they have to make sure they maintain the same attitude if they want to get the result.
1st Team Squad against Southgate: Lauren Barber (Capt), Megan Brown, Katrina Sitch, Louisa Greenacre, Debbie Francis, Fran Burrell, Charlotte Harrison, Lara Taylor, Emily Rash, Lauren Rowe, Lucy Whiting, Emma Lee-Smith, Jess Bloom, Lizzie Clymer and Tor Findlay.
This week Harleston Magpies Ladies 1s, sponsored by Musker McIntrye, welcome Hampstead & Westminster to Weybread in what will be another tough match. Hampstead are sitting top of the table and are currently unbeaten. When Magpies travelled to Hampstead earlier in the season and they were beaten 6-0. Hampstead are a very strong team and hard to play against.
With the bad weather it has been a couple of weeks since the teams last outing in which they lost 2-1 to Cambridge. This was a close game in which the team kept fighting and never gave up, which is what they will be hoping to take into this week.
This week the team welcomes back Katherine Ridley and Emma Lee-Smith.
Squad: Lucy Belsey (Captain), Lauren Barber, Charlotte Peet, Louisa Greenacre, Katrina Sitch, Martha Lawrence, Annie Nunn, Rose Winter, Lottie Summers, Lauren Rowe, Katherine Ridley, Debbie Francis, Lucy Whiting, Charlie Harrison and Emma Lee-Smith.
Ladies 1st v Cambridge City
This week Harleston Magpies Ladies 1s, sponsored by Musker McIntrye, welcome Cambridge City to Weybread in what will be another tough match. Cambridge are sitting fourth in the table and when Magpies travelled to Cambridge earlier in the season and were beaten 3-0. This encounter is always close and competitive and the same is sure to happen this weekend.
Last weekend Magpies lost 2-1 to a strong Wimbledon side. This was an encouraging performance for the team and they were very happy that they finish the game so strongly.
This week the team welcomes back Charlie Harrison.
Squad: Lucy Belsey (Captain), Lauren Barber, Charlotte Peet, Louisa Greenacre, Katrina Sitch, Martha Lawrence, Annie Nunn, Rose Winter, Lottie Summers, Lauren Rowe, Abby Gooderham, Debbie Francis, Lucy Whiting, Charlie Harrison and Lizzie Clymer.
This week Harleston Magpies Ladies 1s, sponsored by Musker McIntrye, travel to Wimbledon in what will be a very tough match. Wimbledon are sitting in third position in the table and still fighting for the promotion play off place. Magpies know this is going to be a hard match as when Wimbledon made the trip to Weybread earlier in the season, Wimbledon came out 4-0 winners.
Last week’s result against Chelmsford has given the team a bit of confidence in themselves as they proved they can score goals. With six different goal scorers at the weekend it shows the team have plenty of threats in front of goal. Magpies now sit in fifth place in the league, 4 points ahead of Barnes who are sixth.
This week the team welcomes back Abby Gooderham.
Squad: Lucy Belsey (Captain), Lauren Barber, Charlotte Peet, Louisa Greenacre, Katrina Sitch, Martha Lawrence, Annie Nunn, Rose Winter, Lottie Summers, Lauren Rowe, Abby Gooderham, Debbie Francis, Lucy Whiting, Emma Lee-Smith and Lizzie Clymer.
This week Harleston Magpies Ladies 1s, sponsored by Musker McIntrye, welcome Chelmsford to Weybread. Chelmsford currently sit at the bottom of the league table, but that will not mean it will be an easy game for Magpies. The team will be aiming for another three points to make their position in the league more comfortable.
The result against Barnes was a brilliant way to start the second half of the season with. The team worked well together to create the chances that they then converted. This win means Magpies are now 5 points above the relegation play off place and will be aiming to build the gap with a win this week.
This week the team welcomes back Lizzie Clymer and Martha Lawrence.
Squad: Lucy Belsey (Captain), Lauren Barber, Charlotte Peet, Louisa Greenacre, Katrina Sitch, Martha Lawrence, Annie Nunn, Rose Winter, Lottie Summers, Lauren Rowe, Debbie Francis, Lucy Whiting, Emma Lee-Smith and Lizzie Clymer.
Ladies 1st team v St Albans (Away (L) 1.00pm)
This week Harleston Magpies Ladies 1s, sponsored by Musker McIntrye, travel to St Albans for the first return fixture of the season. Earlier on in the season when Magpies welcomed St Albans to Weybread, Magpies came out 1-0 winners with a goal from Lizzie Clymer. Magpies know St Albans have some very quick, skilful players and that it will be a tough game.
The result against Southgate was the win the team needed. This has moved Magpies up to 5th place in the league table. Magpies linked up well as a team on Saturday, creating plenty of chances and were finally able to convert some. This has helped the teams confidence, knowing they can produce the hockey that they want to play in a league game.
This week the team welcomes back Jess Howland and Lottie Summers.
Squad: Lucy Belsey (Captain), Lauren Barber, Charlotte Peet, Louisa Greenacre, Katherine Ridley, Katrina Sitch, Charlie Harrison, Annie Nunn, Victoria Findlay, Jess Howland, Lottie Summers, Debbie Francis, Lucy Whiting, Emma Lee-Smith and Lizzie Clymer.
This week Harleston Magpies Ladies 1s, sponsored by Musker McIntrye, make the trip to Chelmsford, for one of their biggest games of the season so far. With Chelmsford sitting below Magpies in the table, it is a game that both teams will want three points from.
The loss against Sevenoaks last Saturday was disappointing, but the team played the best they have all season. As with very game each week, the squad have identified things to work in within training this week, which they will aim to take into the game at Chelmsford.
This week the team welcomes back Rose Winter.
Squad: Lucy Belsey (Captain), Lauren Barber, Charlotte Peet, Louisa Greenacre, Jess Howland, Katherine Ridley, Charlie Harrison, Annie Nunn, Rose Winter, Victoria Findlay, Lauren Mickleburgh, Aoife Lowe-Davies, Lucy Whiting, Alice Woolatt and Lizzie Clymer.
This week Harleston Magpies Ladies 1s, sponsored by Musker McIntrye, are at home to Sevenoaks, who sit joint top of the league having won all three of their games so far. Sevenoaks are always strong and difficult to play against, which they have shown having beaten Wimbledon 1-0 this season, the team who won the league last season. Magpies know this will be their toughest test so far this season, with team work being key to a good performance.
Last weeks loss against Cambridge City was disappointing for the team, which saw Magpies create chances, but they couldn’t convert any of them into goals. The team did adapt to different formations during the game which was a positive and they will continue to work on these in this weeks game.
This week the team welcomes back Lizzie Clymer and Aoife Lowe-Davies.
Squad: Lucy Belsey (Captain), Lauren Barber, Charlotte Peet, Louisa Greenacre, Jess Howland, Katherine Ridley, Annie Nunn, Emma Lee-Smith, Victoria Findlay, Lauren Mickleburgh, Aoife Lowe-Davies, Lucy Whiting, Alice Woolatt, Lizzie Clymer and Olivia Locke.
Harleston Magpies Mixed team sponsored by Parson Estate Agents travel to Lee Valley on the 3rd and 4th June looking to regain the National title that they won in 2015. The squad who have been one of the most successful teams in the clubs recent history will play Spencer in the first Semi Final on Saturday 3rd June pushing back at 1-30pm. The second semi final will take place on the same day pushing back at 3-30pm between Stourport and Khalsa. If the team can navigate their way past Spencer then the Final will be played the following day at 4-00pm with the 3rd/4th place match starting at 2-00pm.
The squad reached the Semi Final stage with wins over Bedford (2-1), Bourne Deeping (6-0), Letchworth (4-1), Dereham (walk over) and, in the quarter final, a 7-1 win against Horsham. Spencer have also had a good run to the finals weekend scoring 30 goals and only conceding 10. Magpies will need to continue to be strong in defence to prevent Spencer adding to their 30 goal tally. Magpies will be hoping that their experience of four Final’s appearances in the last five years will guide them to their second National Mixed Trophy title. The squad are strengthened by the fact that eleven of the players that played last year remain in the squad and the team continues to be captained by Magpies Men’s First Team Captain, Leigh Sitch. Magpies have welcomed Katherine Ridley, Jess Howland, Lucy Belsey, Laura Tibbenham and Tim Whiteman to the team.
The squad travel to the weekend in high spirits having continued their strict training regimes in the lead up to the event.
Magpies would like to thank Parson Estate Agents for their continued support of the Mixed XI.
Squad from – Chris Leek (GK), Leigh Sitch (C), Andrew Bedwell, Katherine Ridley, Jess Howland, Thomas Ridley, Simon Hipwell, Lauren Mickleburgh, Lucy Belsey, Richard Larkin, Tim Whiteman, Lizzie Clymer, Maria Andrews, Robbie Kinsella, Lucy Whiting, Laura Tibbenham, Lauren Barber, Katrina Sitch (Coach) and Kevin Ridley (Manager).
HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES WEEKEND PREVIEW
Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents are at home this Saturday against St Albans HC starting at 2.00pm. This is the final League game of the season and Harleston Magpies need a result this Saturday to be assured of 4th place in the League which would be a good return for all the work they have put in this season. Unfortunately Magpies are at present finishing the season having lost their last three games, but in those three matches there have been periods when their play has been excellent. They just need a performance for the full seventy minutes.
Their nearest rivals at the moment are St Albans who are two points behind and Cambridge City who are three points behind. At the moment Magpies have a better goal difference than both those teams.
Last week at second placed Sevenoaks it was bound to be a very tough fixture and so it proved to be. To be three goals down after 21 minutes was the worst start possible. However all credit to the team after that as they battled through until half time without further damage. In the second half Magpies came out a different team and were the best side and created a number of chances. It was obviously a testing League debut for both Alice Woollatt and Martha Lawrence but they both acquitted themselves very well.
Congratulations to Rose Winter for being selected for the England Under 16 Girls squad against Holland over Easter and to her brother Archie Winter being selected for the England U18 Boys. A big day for the family and a few more miles to clock up!
This week both Annie Nunn and Lauren Mickleburgh remain out injured with Rose Winter and Lauren Rowe both returning to the squad.
SQUAD: Lucy Belsey (Capt), Lauren Barber, Louisa Greenacre, Debbie Francis, Katherine Ridley, Charlotte Peet, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay, Maria Andrews, Charlotte Harrison, Lucy Whiting, Bryony Lund, Abby Gooderham, Rose Winter and Lauren Rowe.