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HARLESTON MAGPIES WEEKEND PREVIEW
1st March 2008

Harleston Magpies Ladies, sponsored by Kitchen Sense of Harleston, travel to Southampton this Saturday to play Trojans at 12.00 in their English League Division one fixture. In this stop start season Magpies had no fixture last weekend but two in Birmingham the weekend before, where they lost to Birmingham University but drew with Sutton Coldfield.

Trojans are the in form team at the moment as they sit at the top of Division I and this will be a very testing away fixture. Magpies lost at home to Trojans 4-0 earlier in the season which was a slightly flattering score line, but they were very hard to break down which was what you would expect from a top team.

Laura Parker is still out with an injury that occurred back in January and Magpies have another worry with the possibility that Naomi Hull could also be out injured for a while. Details will be known later in the week.

SQUAD FROM : Louisa Greenacre (Capt), Lucy Hayman, Helen Brook, Lucy Miller, Amy Tuffs, Artemis Clark, Katrina Warnes, Naomi Hull, Debbie McAllen, Amelia Thomson, Jess Hull, Kathryn Hinsley, Cherry Seaborn and Angie Wheelhouse.

UNDER 13 GIRLS NORFOLK CHAMPIONSHIP
Harleston Magpies are hosting the Girls U13 Norfolk Championship this Sunday with the first game starting at 9.30 and finishing at approx 1.00pm.

Harleston Magpies Men, sponsored by Durrants, and currently leading the division, moved closer to the league title with a win away to Ipswich. Second placed St Albans some nine points adrift from Magpies secured a convincing win against Dereham. Magpies have but five games to go, a win in this week’s encounter against St Albans would all but secure the title for Magpies. Whilst Magpies could drop points this weekend and still win the title a win would ease the tension and allow the squad to develop in the remaining league games before taking on the other divisional winners to secure a place in the coveted national league for next season.

Robert Stimpson Manager commented this week “Our form has been a little mixed recently but we have still been picking up maximum points. I know we are due a good one and I am confident the boys will respond because they desperately want to do the double over St Albans.We have been more consistent than the Hertfordshire side and I feel we have greater strength in depth as our results throughout the season have proved.We are without injury problems and are able to pick from a full squad.”

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HARLESTON MAGPIES WEEKEND PREVIEW
23rd February 2008

Harleston Magpies Ladies, sponsored by Kitchen Sense of Harleston, no match this week.

Harleston Magpies Men, sponsored by Durrants, Magpies continued their winning ways with a home win against Bedford. The visitors had improved on their early season form and made Magpies fight all the way. Captain Leigh Sitch had been rested with an ongoing injury and brother Carl was rested for part of the game following a tiring period away playing for England.

St Albans won both their games narrowing the gap at the
top to nine points with Magpies having a superior goal difference of nine. Cambridge City dropped two points when the rapidly improving Havering held them to a draw. This result means it becomes a two horse race with just six games to go. Whilst Magpies run in is not easy the league title is now for them to lose. However with a squad keen to impress and working hard in training there is no reason why their winning run should not continue.

This weekend St Albans entertain Dereham whilst Magpies visit Ipswich. Both games are difficult to predict however a full strength Magpies side should be back to form and will push Ipswich all the way. Robert Stimpson commented following the Bedford win “We knew Bedford would give us a hard game, we had a number of enforced changes and a yellow card which disrupted our play. We have to get used to sides getting men behind the ball and making it difficult for us to play our free flowing hockey.”

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HARLESTON MAGPIES WEEKEND PREVIEW
16th February 2008

Harleston Magpies Ladies, sponsored by Kitchen Sense of Harleston, face a tough weekend of National League action this weekend with two away games in the Midlands on Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday Magpies play the University of Birmingham at 12.30 and on Sunday they play Sutton Coldfield also at 12.30. Both the opposition teams have been in the top five most of the season so Magpies small squad will be tested to the full. Magpies have yet to play Birmingham this season but their record suggests that they are a well organised team that are difficult to break down. On Sunday Magpies take on former Magpies coach Debbie Leonard’s team in a return of the game they played in late November when Magpies recorded a 3-1 home win.

Last week Magpies lost to a good Reading side and Magpies know that both the matches this weekend will be of a similar quality.

SQUAD : Louisa Greenacre (Capt), Lucy Hayman, Helen Brook, Lucy Miller, Amy Tuffs, Artemis Clark, Katrina Warnes, Naomi Hull, Debbie McAllen, Amelia Thomson, Jess Hull, Kathryn Hinsley, Cherry Seaborn and Angie Wheelhouse.

Harleston Magpies Men, sponsored by Durrants, overcame a slightly weakened Bishops Stortford side with a convincing 6-0 win while the shock of the day was Havering beating St Albans on their own ground. Havering are definitely a side to be reckoned with as Magpies found to their cost last season.

This weekend St Albans have an easy game against bottom of the table Harpenden while Magpies are at home to Bedford. In the away game earlier in the season Magpies were good for their win but let Bedford back into the game in the second half. Cambridge City went above St Albans following their win against Broxbourne, however Albans play their game in hand this weekend and it is likely they will regain second spot but if Magpies win will still be nine points behind.

Robert Stimpson commented after the weekend “Another good team performance ensured a convincing victory.We certainly did not expect St Albans to drop points but once again this underlines how difficult it is to keep winning when every side wants to beat the two at the top. If we continue to approach each game in the correct manner there is no reason why our run should not continue.”

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HARLESTON MAGPIES WEEKEND PREVIEW
9th February 2008

Harleston Magpies Ladies, sponsored by Kitchen Sense of Harleston, play Reading at home on Saturday at 12.30 in their English League Division I game. Magpies made the best possible start last week when they played their first League game since November and started with a tremendous performance in beating Loughborough University away 1-0. The result was nothing less than Magpies deserved and despite the long break in between games Magpies have won their last two League games.

With a number of games cancelled last week because of the weather Reading had the frustration of not playing. Reading are currently fourth in the League and beat Magpies 4-0 earlier in the season so this will be an interesting challenge to see what progress Magpies have made since the earlier encounter.

The return of Naomi Hull last week made a big difference especially with Laura Parker out until March. Magpies will have their fingers crossed that the injury Naomi picked up last week will not prevent her from playing this week. Having had a very hard start to the season Magpies will know that having beaten teams in 3rd and 6th place that if they perform to their potential they are capable of surprising a number of teams in the second half of the season.

SQUAD FROM: Louisa Greenacre (Capt), Lucy Hayman, Helen Brook, Lucy Miller, Amy Tuffs, Artemis Clark, Katrina Warnes, Naomi Hull, Amelia Thomson, Debbie McAllen, Jess Hull, Kathryn Hinsley, Cherry Seaborn and Angie Wheelhouse.

Harleston Magpies Men, sponsored by Durrants, Last weekend promised to be an interesting one at the top of the league, and so it proved to be. The league’s top scorers met at Weybread and produced a game with eight goals.Magpies built up a commanding lead of 5-1 but let Blueharts back into the game without their win really being threatened. Magpies maintained their nine point lead on St Albans who kept up the pressure with a 4-0 win over Cambridge City. This victory ended City’s recent run and probably means Magpies and Albans will be left to fight over top position.

This weekend Magpies keep the same squad for their visit to Bishops Stortford. The newly promoted side have taken some time to adjust to the league but have improved since their ealier loss at Magpies. Magpies took some time before they were able to break the Stortford defence down and the return match could be one of Magpies toughest tests so far against an unfancied side. St Albans play hosts to Havering and although Havering will give St Albans a tough fight it would be suprising if they did not pick up all three points. Magpies need to continue to pick up points in the next two weeks against the lesser sides before taking on Ipswich and St Albans.

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HARLESTON MAGPIES WEEKEND PREVIEW
2nd February 2008

Harleston Magpies Ladies, sponsored by Kitchen Sense of Harleston, return to League action for the first time since Nov 24th when they play Loughborough University away on Saturday at 2.00 in their English League Division I game.

This unreasonable long break in the English Hockey calendar does not make life very easy and Magpies will be trying to get back into their stride as quickly as possible after the long break. The break did not come at a good time for Magpies as having battled all season with a very young and inexperienced side they had just recorded their first League win of the season against Sutton Coldfield and were showing signs of having learnt to compete at this level.

Unfortunately the Indoor season has seen Magpies lose Laura Parker to the dreaded metatarsal injury and she will be out for several more weeks. Ellie Blake is also away on her gap year now but Naomi Hull who ironically is away at Loughborough University will play for Magpies for the rest of the season. Her experience should be invaluable.

Magpies lost 1-0 to Loughborough earlier in the season in a tight game but this will be a tough game as Loughborough will have had all the advantages in terms of preparing for the restart of the League programme.

SQUAD FROM: Louisa Greenacre (Capt), Lucy Hayman, Helen Brook, Lucy Miller, Amy Tuffs, Artemis Clark, Katrina Warnes, Naomi Hull, Amelia Thomson, Debbie McAllen, Jess Hull, Kathryn Hinsley, Cherry Seaborn and Angie Wheelhouse.

Harleston Magpies Men, sponsored by Durrants, eased further ahead of St Albans following the convincing win over a poor Broxbourne side and St Albans shock draw at Ipswich. Whilst St Albans have one game in hand on their close rivals there is an eight point gap between Magpies and the chasing pack. This weekend sees Magpies take on fourth placed Blueharts, and St Albans and Cambridge meet in a third versus second. Cambridge City appear to be the form team and it wpuld be suprising if they did not get a point although Albans are going to have to bounce back from last wekend’s draw at Ipswich if they are not to lose touch with Magpies. Magpies meanwhile have to take each game at a time and leave it to their nearest rivals to deal with the pressure to make up ground.

Robert Stimpson said after the Broxbourne game “We met Broxbourne on a day when they did not perform however our squad played well and we would have beaten most sides in the league with this form. It is encouraging to see the depth of the squad as this victory was achieved without our under eighteens Jimmie Wheeler, Carl Sitch and Chris Barber. We are trying to develop a larger squad of quality players and this weekend gave us an opportunity to play other players. Wheeler and Sitch return for the Blueharts game.”

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HARLESTON MAGPIES WEEKEND PREVIEW
26th January 2008

Harleston Magpies Ladies, sponsored by Kitchen Sense of Harleston, no game

Harleston Magpies Men, sponsored by Durrants, extended their lead at the top of the NE1 HOCKEY East Men’s League Premier A with a win against Wapping whilst nearest rivals St Albans could only draw against Bedford. No doubt both the top sides were finding it difficult to adapt back to the outdoor game following the mid winter break in which the indoor game took centre stage. With Neil Toulson unavailable and two under eighteen players rested pending their involvement in the under eighteen indoor national finals this weekend Magpies took the opportunity to recall Stuart Leate and give a first game of the season to Jamie Stacey. For this weekend’s trip to Broxbourne Magpies retain Stacey and Leate and are without Carl Sitch, Chris Barber and Jimmie Wheeler but Neil Toulson returns.

St Albans visit Ipswich who lost badly to Cambridge City 7-1 last weekend Robert Stimpson commented “We were pleased that the fixture computer gave us a game against one of the lower sides in the division for our first game back after the break. The success of our boys in the indoor has thrown up selection problems for this weekend but it has given us an opportunity to give much needed pitch time to other members of our squad. Whilst we are focussed on one game at a time we have to improve the performance levels of our complete squad in the event that we win the league and go forward to play offs.”

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HARLESTON MAGPIES WEEKEND PREVIEW
19th January 2008

Harleston Magpies Ladies, sponsored by Kitchen Sense of Harleston, no game

Harleston Magpies Men, sponsored by Durrants. League hockey resumes after the break this weekend with Magpies hoping to get back to winning ways following their defeat at Cambridge City. The league
table shows Magpies five points above St Albans but the Hertfordshire side has one game in hand. Both sides have been involved in the indoor game over the Christmas period. Magpies performing better than their east rivals by securing promotion to the country’s top league the Premier League.

Although Magpies have been concentrating on the indoor scene outdoor training has been taking place and it is vital that the squad quickly adapts to the eleven a side game and starts securing league points again. Magpies have no injuries to report but will be without Neil Toulson for the visit of Wapping. St Albans have two home games against Bedford and Broxbourne and it would be suprising if they didn’t secure maximum points. Robert Stimpson commented this week “we were extremely pleased to have played so well in the indoor however our aim is to secure promotion and we must work extremely hard to maintain our lead in the league.”

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HARLESTON MAGPIES WEEKEND PREVIEW
8th December 2007

Harleston Magpies Ladies, sponsored by Kitchen Sense of Harleston, no game

Harleston Magpies Men, sponsored by Durrants, extended their lead at the top of the league following their emphatic win against local rivals Dereham and St Albans dropping two points with a draw away to Blueharts. Whilst Dereham battled hard and held Magpies for twenty minutes during which keeper Martin made a fine save the home side took control of the game and showed why they are top of the league. Magpies dominated the remainder of the game and looked a confident side with all members of the squad making a contibution.

This week sees the final game before the Christmas break. Magpies visit third placed Cambridge City and Magpies will need to be at their best to go into the break maintaining their 100% record. This week sees a selection dilemma with England under eighteen international Carl Sitch being available following his weekend away on England duties.

Robert Stimpson commented this week “I have been very pleased with the effort and commitment of the squad both in training and in matches and the discipline in many games when we have been under severe provacation has been exemplary. I shall be asking for another star performance from all the squad before the break. I desperately want us to keep up our record which puts more pressure on St Albans”.

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HARLESTON MAGPIES WEEKEND PREVIEW
1st December 2007

Harleston Magpies Ladies, sponsored by Kitchen Sense of Harleston, no game

Harleston Magpies Men, sponsored by Durrants, continued in winning ways against bottom of the
table Harpenden. Although this wasn’t the goal glut some anticipated Magpies extended their lead at the top of the league with St Albans’ being the victim of a frozen pitch. Harpenden made Magpies fight all the way but keeper Martin had but one shot throughout the entire game.

This week looks to be a sterner test with local rivals Dereham the visitor’s to Weybred.Magpies will have to be at the top of their game as the visitors are sure to go up a gear for this encounter. Neil Toulson is expected to be fit and Magpies retain their squad of fourteen. St Albans have to visit fourth placed Bluharts and this is also likely to be a close game.

Robert Stimpson commented earlier this week “We had hoped for a better win but with a number of our players having off days and Harpenden performing their best of the season we were happy to grind out the three points. First versus fifth and second versus fourth are both likely to be close games and we will have to be at our best throughout the pitch to secure the points.”

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HARLESTON MAGPIES WEEKEND PREVIEW
24th November 2007

Harleston Magpies Ladies, sponsored by Kitchen Sense of Harleston, play Sutton Coldfield at home starting at 12.30 in their English League Division I game. This is Magpies final League game before Christmas break prior to the start of the Indoor season.

Sutton Coldfield who were unfortunate to be relegated from the Premier Division last season are coached by Debbie Leonard who knows Magpies well as she coached the Harleston team for four years before work took her back to the Midlands.

Although Magpies are struggling this season they had their chances last week against Doncaster and for the last two games they have produced two good performances but with no result. In the end lack of experience at crucial moments have cost the team at both ends of the pitch.

SQUAD: Louisa Greenacre (Capt), Lucy Hayman, Helen Brook, Lucy Miller, Ellie Blake, Artemis Clark, Katrina Warnes, Debbie McAllen, Laura Parker, Jess Hull, Kathryn Hinsley, Cherry Seaborn and Angie Wheelhouse.

Harleston Magpies Men, sponsored by Durrants, continued their period at the top of East Premier League following a convincing win 3-0 against Havering. Whilst the scoreline may not suggest complete dominance the Magpies goalie had but one shot to save, Havering defended well in the second half to prevent Magpies extending their half-time lead.

St Albans continued their pursuit of Magpies with a narrow victory against equal bottom of the table Wapping. This week it is Magpies turn to play a bottom of the table side with a visit to Harpenden. St Albans have a tough fixture against Broxbourne. However it would be a suprise if the table did not have the same look at the top following these games.

Robert Stimpson commented following the Havering game “this was a confident display against a side who did not stop trying to disrupt our pattern. Whilst on paper the visit to Harpenden should result in three points it will only happen if we continue to get our preparation and attitude spot on.”

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HARLESTON MAGPIES WEEKEND PREVIEW
17th November 2007

Harleston Magpies Ladies, sponsored by Kitchen Sense of Harleston, play Doncaster at home on Saturday at 12.30 in their English League Division I match. Although Magpies are struggling for points this season this young team showed for 50 minutes of the game against a useful Reading team last week that they are capable of competing at this level, but they now need to produce it for the full 70minutes.

Coach Colin Wheelhouse certainly felt it was a very positive performance. Magpies have already played Doncaster earlier in the season losing 4-1 so it will be interesting to measure the progress the team has made. Doncaster are currently one place and four points ahead of Magpies.

Former Magpies player Ali Bicker will be appearing for Doncaster but we understand that Lou Waite a former Magpies captain is out injured.

Squad: Louisa Greenacre (Capt), Lucy Hayman, Ellie Blake, Helen Brook, Amy Tuffs, Lucy Miller, Debbie McAllen, Sarah Cave, Artemis Clark, Jess Hull, Kathryn Hinsley, Cherry Seaborn, Laura Parker and Angie Wheelhouse

Harleston Magpies Men, sponsored by Durrants, went to the top of East Premier league following a convincing away victory against St Albans last weekend. A confident squad of fourteen made the trip, Neil Toulson sustained an injury after ten minutes and will not be fit for the visit of Havering. This was the best all round team performance for a long time and showed the overall strength of the squad.

Magpies have to be at their best for the visit of middle placed Havering who last weekend lost at home to the improving Dereham by the odd goal in three. Havering will pose a diferent threat to St Albans, they will try to stop Magpies playing their fast open hockey and Magpies will certainly know they have been in a game.

Magpies retain the same squad of thirteen.

Robert Stimpson Magpies Manager commented “I was very pleased with the performance of all the squad at St Albans. Our preparation and attitude was spot on and with our dominance for three quarters of the game we should have won by a greater margin. We showed great character to win the game following St Albans equaliser. Each game is a cup tie now and we need to keep our winning record up against all sides some of which will be happy with a point.”

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HARLESTON MAGPIES WEEKEND PREVIEW
10th November 2007

Harleston Magpies Ladies, sponsored by Kitchen Sense of Harleston, Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Kitchen Sense play Reading away at 1.30 on Saturday in their English League Division I game.

Reading have been one of the early leaders in the Division this season so Magpies can expect another tough game this weekend. One player Magpies will have to look out for is Alex Smith who is amongst the goals this season but is a player Magpies know very well as she played for Harleston for three years whilst she was studying at UEA.

Another defeat last weekend is not easy for the players to take but they need to hang on in there and try to tighten up a defence that is leaking too many goals. Up front Magpies have carried a threat all season with the experienced Angie Wheelhouse and 15 years old Cherry Seaborn working well together and if the service to them can be improved they could do more damage to opposition defences.

Jess Hull returns to the squad this weekend in the absence of Amelia Thomson whilst Amy tuffs retains her place after making her full debut last week.

SQUAD: Louisa Grenacre (Capt), Lucy Hayman, Helen Brook, Lucy Miller, Amy Tuffs, Debbie McAllen, Sarah Cave, Artemis Clark, Jess Hull, Ellie Blake, Laura Parker, Cherry Seaborn and Angie Wheelhouse.

Harleston Magpies Men, sponsored by Durrants, in an action packed game at Weybread Magpies overcame local rivals Ipswich to remain equal on points at the top of the table with St Albans. Whilst Magpies went in at half time a goal behind Ipswich lost their goalkeeper following an injury and went down to nine men as a result of two yellow card offences. Meanwhile St Albans had to fight hard to overcome Dereham to maintain their 100% record.

This week the long awaited clash has arrived and Magpies take on the might of St Albans who were relegated from the National League at the end of last season.

Magpies are able to pick from a full squad with Tristan Baynes and David Ling getting back to fitness following injury.

Both Magpies and Albans form is impressive with 100 % records, Magpies having scored more goals but Albans having a superior defensive record having only conceded four goals in six games. It is expected to be a very close game, Magpies would probably settle for a draw but if their players can produce top form on the day then a win is well within their reach.

Robert Stimpson commented earlier this week “Our training has been going well and with a full squad we have to be optimistic of taking all three points. These games are very tight and will probably be decided on a piece of brilliance or a bit of bad luck by either side. From what we hear Albans are beatable but it is all about form and desire on the day.”

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HARLESTON MAGPIES WEEKEND PREVIEW
3rd November 2007

Harleston Magpies Ladies, sponsored by Kitchen Sense of Harleston, travel to London to play Barnes Hounslow and Ealing on Sunday at 1.30 in their English League Division I game. Magpies need to forget about last weeks match and concentrate on the steady improvement they have made in recent weeks and to concentrate on improving the individual and team performance. “We knew it was going to a very tough season as we tried to blood so many young players and whilst we are struggling for results some of the young players have done exceptionally well” says Manager Nick McAllen. Another youngster Amy Tuffs has been called up for the game on Sunday and whilst she has been on the bench before she has every chance of making her full National League debut this weekend.

Squad: Louisa Greenacre (Capt), Lucy Hayman, Helen Brook, Lucy Miller, Amy Tuffs, Ellie Blake, Debbie McAllen, Laura Parker, Artemis Clark, Amelia Thomson, Sarah Cave, Cherry Seaborn and Angie Wheelhouse.

Magpies Men, sponsored by Durrants, picked up a further three points with an away game against Bedford. The first half lead of 4-0 confirmed a good half, Magpies let the home side back into the game but were never in any danger of dropping points. A harsh yellow card dismissal of David Ling did much to unsettle the visitors pattern.

St Albans took Magpies place at the top of the league on goal difference following their 10-0 drubbing of newly promoted Harpenden.

This week Magpies will have to go up a gear to beat Ipswich who are the visitors to Weybread. St Albans also will have a step up against this season’s surprise team Dereham.

Magpies have only Sam Moore on the injury list with Carl Sitch returning from East commitments and both Tristan Baynes and David Ling continuing their fight to reach full match fitness before the next week’s game against St Albans. Both Magpies and Albans should pick up maximum points leaving the showdown for the following week.

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HARLESTON MAGPIES WEEKEND PREVIEW
27 October 2007

Harleston Magpies Ladies, sponsored by Kitchen Sense of Harleston, return to English League Division I action this weekend after a one week absence due to the Territorial Tournament. This week they play Trojans at home on Saturday starting at 12.30 as they still going looking for their first points of the season.

Although this very young side is finding the going tough this season they were certainly worth a point against Loughborough Students in their last home game and in their last League game away against Durham University they were beaten by a freak goal in the final 5 seconds to go down 4-3. On the positive side the team scored goals from Angie Whelhouse, Cherry Seaborn and Artemis Clark but they are conceding too many goals.

Hopefully Magpies will have a full squad to pick from as they taken on a very experienced Trojans side from Southampton ,who have traditionally always proved to be strong opponents.

Squad from: Louisa Greenacre (Capt), Lucy Hayman, Helen Brook, Lucy Miller, Debbie McAllen, Amelia Thomson, Sarah Cave, Artemis Clark, Jess Hull, Laura Parker, Ellie Blake, Katrina Warnes, Kathryn Hinsley, Cherry Seaborn and Angie Wheelhouse.

Magpies Men, sponsored by Durrants, continued their stay at the top of the league following a convincing win against Bishops Stortford. The visitors defended well for the early part of the game but Andy Hipwell’s finishing was in a class of its own with four goals, the first from a corner and the remaining from open play.

Captain Leigh Sitch unavailable through a coaching commitment was replaced by Tristan Baynes. This was the latter’s first league game of the season following a finger injury sustained in a pre-season friendly. A vintage performance at sweeper but a position which Sitch will return to for the trip to Bedford.

Sam Moore sustained a training injury and will miss a few weeks, however David Ling is scheduled to start his comeback following a serious injury with a run out in the second eleven.

Both St Albans and Magpies have games they should win this weekend. Albans game against Harpendon looks to give them anopportunity to make up on goal difference as Magpies game away should result in three points but could be tight.

Robert Stimpson Magpies Manager said after the weekend “Stortford defended very well but we put them under immense pressure which ultimately resulted in a convincing win. We have to guard against complacency. We have to take each game as it comes, whilst we know games against Ipswich, Dereham and St Albans will be tough, we have to continue to treat every side with respect we do not need to lose points unnecessarily.”

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HARLESTON MAGPIES WEEKEND PREVIEW
20 October 2007

Magpies Men, despite being without Tristan Baynes and David Ling hit good form for the majority of the game to secure a convincing win against Blueharts. It looks very much like being a two horse race with St Albans beating Cambridge City to remain equal top with Magpies. This week Albans have a daunting trip to Havering. Whilst Albans would be expected to beat Havering no side has an easy run at this venue.

Magpies entertain newly promoted Bishops Stortford who have yet to win a game and sit one place from the bottom of the league.

Captain Leigh Sitch misses this game due to coaching commitments but Tristan Baynes is hoping to get medical clearance to take his place in the squad. David Ling continues to do non contact training and is perhaps three weeks away from a return to first team action.

Robert Stimpson Magpies Manager said “we were really pleased with our performance at Blueharts, I was predicting a convincing win sooner or later and it is good to achieve this away from home against one of the better sides in the league. We need to put in some consistent performances every week in all positions to put pressure on St Albans. Whilst the games against St Albans will be crucial I think the side winning the league will secure better results against all sides throughout the season.”

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HARLESTON MAGPIES WEEKEND PREVIEW
13 October 2007

Harleston Magpies Ladies make the long trip up north this weekend to play Durham University in their English League Division I game starting at 12.00. Magpies will be looking to continue the improvement they have made in the last two matches against Doncaster and Loughborough Students and if they can do it then there is every chance they will be able to record their first point or points of the season.

Last weeks home performance against Loughborough was definitely worth a point, but Coach Colin Wheelhouse will be looking for this young side to continue learning and improving, but the first result of the season would just give the side a big boost in confidence to know they are doing the right things. The application and work rate has been excellent this season and the youngest player in the squad Cherry Seaborn at 15 years old has certainly impressed up front.

Durham University were promoted last season and are obviously finding their feet at this level but they produced an excellent result the other week beating Sutton Colfield, after a poor result in their opening game.

Probable Squad: Louisa Greenacre (capt), Lucy Hayman, Helen Brook, Ellie Blake, Lucy Miller, Debbie McAllen, Sarah Cave, Amelia Thomson, Jess Hull, Artemis Clark, Laura Betts, Cherry Seaborn and Angie Wheelhouse.

Magpies Men remained at the top of the division following a win against Broxbourne. A reasonable first half performance resulted in a 2-0 lead however Magpies took their foot off the pedal and had to hang on after letting the visitors back into the game. It was certainly a bad day at the office as too many players had poor games.Injuries and unavailability has disrupted recent performances. Stuart Leate played half a game following injury, Tristan Baynes and David Ling are still out through injury, both players are healing well with Baynes likely to be in contention for a place on 20th October.

This week sees a visit to Blueharts who have won one and lost one with their most recent loss being against Dereham. If Magpies can replicate some of their better pre-season form then they will remain at the top of the league. Early season form puts recently relegated St Albans equal top with Magpies. Game of the day is likely to be St Albans visit to third placed Cambridge City.

All three of the top sides have a hundred per cent record. A guide to form is that both St Albans and Cambridge City have beaten Ipswich by the odd goal. Robert Stimpson Magpies Manager commented earlier this week “I am pleased to have won both games without really hitting any sort of form. Our injuries have disrupted our season but we are very close to being able to field a settled side we will hit a big score soon. However to keep winning with mediocre performances tells me something about our squad”.

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HARLESTON MAGPIES WEEKEND PREVIEW
6 October 2007

Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Kitchen Sense of Harleston play Loughborough Students at home on Saturday starting at 12.30 in their English League Division I game. Magpies can take a number of positives from their game away at Doncaster last week, as for large parts of the game they matched their opponents in most departments. Concentration for 70 minutes with a young team is something the players will have to learn very quickly as they compete against older and more experienced players. In the end that was the difference between the two teams.

Jess Hull in midfield has shown that she can make the step up to National League hockey, whilst Lucy Miller at right defender looks very solid. Artemis Clark on penalty corner strikes has looked more threatening each week and at times can be a real attacking force from right midfield. The youngest player in the team Cherry Seaborn has been great playing up front.

Loughborough Students as always will be tough opponent as they have more time together to prepare during the week and are able to recruit quality players. Magpies will be looking to continue the progress they made last week and will continue with a very positive attitude.

Squad from: Louisa Greenacre (capt), Lucy Hayman, Ellie Blake, Lucy Miller, Debbie McAllen, Jess Hull, Artemis Clark, Helen Brook, Amelia Thomson, Katrina Warnes, Sarah Cave, Laura Parker, Cherry Seaborn, Kathryn Hinsley and Angie Wheelhouse.

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HARLESTON MAGPIES WEEKEND PREVIEW
29 September 2007

Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Kitchen Sense of Harleston play Doncaster away at 12.00 in their English League Division I game. This young and inexperienced Magpies side will have to adapt as fast as they can to the lessons learnt in last weeks heavy defeat to a quality Sunderland team and the management will be looking for a week by week improvement. Judging by the results last week it could be that Doncaster are also in a similar stage of transition to Magpies. Doncaster were relegated from the Premier Division last season and they may well have lost players or seen retirements.

“It was always going to be a difficult season” says Manager Nick McAllen “as any Club would struggle to respond to the loss of eight players at one time, but the squad are working hard and we will continue to have a positive approach as many of the players are taking a massive step up compared with the level they were playing last season.”

Squad from: Louisa Greenacre (capt), Lucy Hayman, Helen Brook, Ellie Blake, Debbie McAllen, Artemis Clark, Jess Hull, Laura Parker, Katrina Warnes, Amelia Thomson, Amy Tuffs, Cherry Seaborn, Kathryn Hinsley and Angie Wheelhouse.