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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.