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.”