Harleston Magpies Ladies 1st team weekend preview

Harleston Magpies Ladies 1st team return to English Hockey League action this Saturday at Weybread with a match against Cambridge City starting at 12.30. Magpies last League match was November 28th so this break from outdoor action has been a long time and the weather in the last few weeks has not helped in preparing the team for outdoor hockey. Both teams have been involved in Indoor League action during January and Magpies can look back on a satisfactory Indoor season finishing third in Division 1.

Cambridge City were promoted from the East League last season and found life difficult in the first few weeks as they struggled to pick up their first point. During this time Magpies beat them away

2-0 with the second goal coming in the final five minutes. Since that time they have shown steady improvement and three League wins has confirmed this as they have pushed up o 7th in the League.

Magpies will need to remember that this will be a very different team to the one they played last time.

The priority for Magpies will be to try and start the second half of the season with a home win despite the difficulties in preparing for this game and create some momentum. In their final eight League games Magpies will have five matches at home.

At the moment Magpies are in 4th position in the East Conference four points behind the leaders Ipswich. This situation could have been so much better if Magpies had not thrown away a one nil lead in their last League game at Southgate, conceding two goals in the final six minutes to give Southgate only their second win of the season.

Calianne Clark will be standing in for Lucy Hayman this week and we are also pleased to welcome back Charlotte Harrison for her first game of the season after the birth of her son Alex. Emily Wilford is also back in the squad.

SQUAD: Louisa Greenacre (Capt), Calianne Clark, Lucy Fields, Katrina Warnes, Bryony Lund, Charlotte Harrison, Ellie Bale, Debbie McAllen, Frances Sumner, Gemma Jones, Emily Wilford, Cherry Seaborn, Verity Blyth and Angie Wheelhouse