HARLESTON MAGPIES WEEKEND PREVIEW
15 March 2008
Harleston Magpies Ladies, sponsored by Kitchen Sense of Harleston, play Sunderland away on Saturday in their English League Division I game. With Sunderland pushing hard for promotion this is going to be a very tough and physical game and unfortunately Magpies squad will not be at full strength with the unavailability of Katrina Warnes and Amelia Thomson, but Lizzie Clymer will be making her National League debut. Magpies are still hanging on the fitness of Naomi Hull, whilst Laura Parker who is recovering from an injury which happened in January seems unlikely to play in any of the remaining League games.
Magpies will not need reminding that they lost at home 7-0 in the opening game of the season to Sunderland, but the team has progressed a lot since then and Magpies will want to show that on Saturday.
Squad: Louisa Greenacre (Capt), Lucy Hayman, Helen Brook, Lucy Miller, Amy Tuffs, Artemis Clark, Jess Hull, Debbie McAllen, Lizzie Clymer, Cherry Seaborn, Naomi Hull, Kathryn Hinsley and Angie Wheelhouse.
Harleston Magpies Men, sponsored by Durrants, confidently overcame Havering to secure the points to confirm them as winners of the East Premier League last weekend. The scoreline of 3-0 could well have been greater but for another good performance by the opposing goalkeeper.
Magpies attention now switches to preparation for the play offs in the remaining three league games. The title holders would very much like to finish the league season off with three straight wins.
This week’s opponents are Harpenden who already are relegated but put a fight up in the earlier game on their home ground. With Magpies making changes in their squad and players playing for their places it would be suprising if a convincing win did not materialise.
Robert Stimpson manager of Magpies commented after the Havering game “We overcame the threat of Havering so much so that keeper Iain Martin did not have a kick. Unfortunately this season entry to the National League is through play offs.We now have to go up a gear and prepare for five very tough games which will determine the true success of our season. We have a good squad which is more than capable of a top two position in the play off table.”