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.”