HARLESTON MAGPIES LADIES 1ST TEAM WEEKEND PREVIEW
Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Kitchen Sense play Sevenoaks at home in their final league game of the season starting at 2.00pm on Saturday. Whilst we normally play our home matches at 12.30, on the final day of the season all games have to start at 2.00 to ensure that in any critical promotion relegation matches no team has the advantage of knowing a result before they play.
Ironically Sevenoaks are very much involved in the promotion race as they are second in the League on the same number of points as League leaders Ipswich, but with an inferior goal difference of five. Ipswich face a tricky away game at Old Loughtonians.
After losing 1-0 away to Ipswich last week on a penalty corner Magpies have slipped back to fourth place behind Chelmsford and need a win this week to ensure that Horsham cannot over take them. Whilst the result last week was disappointing Magpies did not really do enough to break down the Ipswich defence. The second half was particularly difficult as we had a spell when we were down to ten players and then nine, which is not easy when you are trying to pull a goal back.
Sevenoaks will be a real test as they are going for the League title and have continued to improve throughout the season. Magpies will need to take full advantage of playing at home and if the midfield can provide the ammunition for the forwards they have every chance of pulling off a result.
Looking back on the season Magpies are currently two points better off than how they finished last season. However that does not tell the full story as defensively the team have improved enormously having so far conceded 14 goals compared with 30 goals last season. Magpies may well reflect at the end that a good season could have been a very good season if they had not dropped eight points against the struggling sides Northampton, Cambridge City and Southgate.
On Saturday Calianne Clark stands in for Lucy Hayman whilst Verity Blyth is not available.
SQUAD : Louisa Greenacre (Capt), Calianne Clark, Lucy Fields, Katrina Warnes, Bryony Lund, Charlotte Harrison, Ellie Bale, Debbie McAllen, Frances Sumner, Artemis Clark, Emily Wilford, Cherry Seaborn and Angie Wheelhouse