Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents are away this Saturday against Sevenoaks starting at 12.00. Magpies after their great result and performance last Sunday beating Cambridge City at home 2-0 have moved up into 3rd place in the League on 9 points. Cambridge City are in second place on the same points (with a superior goal difference) with Hampstead top on 10 points. After three wins and one defeat to Wimbledon at home in a 4-3 thriller Magpies have made a very positive start to the season, but Sevenoaks away will be their hardest test so far.
Sevenoaks away has always been a tough place to go, but Magpies have a much stronger squad this season which is coping well with a number of critical injuries including the loss of Captain Lucy Belsey for the season. Last Sunday the availability of Rose Winter and Lottie Summers who are in the England U18 training squad was a big boost to the group and they played significant roles in the win over Cambridge City.
Sevenoaks are currently in 4th place one point behind Magpies and two weeks ago they drew at home 1-1 against Hampstead, who won this League last season. Last week Sevenoaks drew 1-1 with Wimbledon away who won this League two years ago. So Sevenoaks have performed well against these top sides and these three teams have been the teams to beat these last few seasons.
The result against Cambridge City was very pleasing as it was achieved without three players who would be expected to start most matches. The defence has responded well to the loss of Lucy Belsey with Lauren Barber who has taken over the Captaincy stepping into the defence and making an excellent job of her new role. Coach Clyde Camburn is developing a very competitive team with players able to play in a number of positions to give him the flexibility he needs. This will be the biggest test so far and the belief in the squad is growing all the time.
Probable Squad: Lauren Barber (Capt), Megan Brown, Katrina Sitch, Louisa Greenacre, Debbie Francis, Fran Burrell, Lara Taylor, Lauren Rowe, Georgie Cantrell, Jess Bloom, Lizzie Clymer, Tor Findlay, Rose Winter, Lottie Summers and Annie Nunn.