Harleston Magpies Ladies Preview


Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents return to outdoor National League action this Saturday away against Northampton Saints starting at 2.15pm. This will be their first outdoor League match since November 26th due to the rather prolonged Indoor season.

Frozen pitches have hampered Magpies in their preparations but they did play a very useful friendly last Sunday against St Albans, who they beat 1-0 thanks to a goal from Maria Andrews.

Magpies had an excellent first half of the season and are currently third in the League seven points behind the leaders Wimbledon and four points behind second placed Sevenoaks.

Northampton who were promoted into the League this season have found the going tough and are currently bottom of the League with one point. Magpies beat them 5-0 at home earlier in the season. Magpies finished the first half of the season with a bang beating West Herts 6-0 and if they want to push on in the second half of the season they will need to make sure that there are no slip ups this weekend and that they are clinical in their work to make sure of all three points.

Maria Andrews remains the leading goal scorer in this League with 11 goals. Unfortunately Annie Nunn is unavailable for a few weeks following an injury sustained during the Indoor League season.

However this gives Lauren Rowe an opportunity to make her outdoor National League debut.

Magpies finished the Indoor League season with an impressive win against Surbiton in their last match to ensure their status in Division 1 for next season.

SQUAD: Lucy Belsey (Capt), Lauren Barber, Louisa Greenacre, Debbie Francis, Katherine Ridley, Lauren Mickleburgh, Charlotte Peet, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay, Lauren Rowe, Abby Gooderham, Maria Andrews, Lucy Whiting, Charlotte Harrison and Bryony Lund.