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WEEKEND PREVIEW

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.”

WEEKEND PREVIEW

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”.

WEEKEND PREVIEW

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.

WEEKEND PREVIEW

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.