Harleston Magpies Ladies Preview


Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents start their 18th successive season in the National League with an away trip to newly promoted West Herts on Saturday. The match starts at 1.30pm. There are no easy games in this League and West Herts are bound to be highly motivated in their first match at this level. It is also likely that they will have strengthened their squad since winning promotion.

Magpies start the season with Lucy Belsey remaining as Captain supported by Vice Captain Lauren Barber. Rob Sorrell has taken over as Coach for the first time, although he knows the players well having helped out with the coaching last season. Nick McAllen continues as Manager.

Magpies completed their final practice matches last Saturday in London beating Exe 2-0 and drawing 1-1 with Oxford Hawks. Magpies pre season has been hampered by a number of injuries, but this has given the opportunity for a number of young players to show what they can do at this level and a number have forced their way into the squad for this weekend.

Magpies are pleased to welcome back a number of players to the Club including Katherine Ridley, Bryony Lund, Annie Nunn, Jess Howland and Jade Daly who will all strengthen the squad. Fortunately Annie Nunn is on her way back from injury but is not quite ready for this weekend.

However from last season Magpies will be without Emma Lee-Smith who will be playing for East Grinstead and Katrina Sitch who is expecting a happy event. Susan Wessels is also unlikely to play this season.

SQUAD: Lucy Belsey (Capt), Lauren Barber, Louisa Greenacre, Bryony Lund, Debbie Francis, Katherine Ridley, Lauren Mickleburgh, Anna Tighe, Charlotte Peet (Lee-Smith), Kara Kilbourn, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay, Charlotte Harrison, Lucy Whiting and Maria Andrews