HARLESTON MAGPIES WEEKEND PREVIEW
10th November 2007
Harleston Magpies Ladies, sponsored by Kitchen Sense of Harleston, Harleston Magpies Ladies sponsored by Kitchen Sense play Reading away at 1.30 on Saturday in their English League Division I game.
Reading have been one of the early leaders in the Division this season so Magpies can expect another tough game this weekend. One player Magpies will have to look out for is Alex Smith who is amongst the goals this season but is a player Magpies know very well as she played for Harleston for three years whilst she was studying at UEA.
Another defeat last weekend is not easy for the players to take but they need to hang on in there and try to tighten up a defence that is leaking too many goals. Up front Magpies have carried a threat all season with the experienced Angie Wheelhouse and 15 years old Cherry Seaborn working well together and if the service to them can be improved they could do more damage to opposition defences.
Jess Hull returns to the squad this weekend in the absence of Amelia Thomson whilst Amy tuffs retains her place after making her full debut last week.
SQUAD: Louisa Grenacre (Capt), Lucy Hayman, Helen Brook, Lucy Miller, Amy Tuffs, Debbie McAllen, Sarah Cave, Artemis Clark, Jess Hull, Ellie Blake, Laura Parker, Cherry Seaborn and Angie Wheelhouse.
Harleston Magpies Men, sponsored by Durrants, in an action packed game at Weybread Magpies overcame local rivals Ipswich to remain equal on points at the top of the table with St Albans. Whilst Magpies went in at half time a goal behind Ipswich lost their goalkeeper following an injury and went down to nine men as a result of two yellow card offences. Meanwhile St Albans had to fight hard to overcome Dereham to maintain their 100% record.
This week the long awaited clash has arrived and Magpies take on the might of St Albans who were relegated from the National League at the end of last season.
Magpies are able to pick from a full squad with Tristan Baynes and David Ling getting back to fitness following injury.
Both Magpies and Albans form is impressive with 100 % records, Magpies having scored more goals but Albans having a superior defensive record having only conceded four goals in six games. It is expected to be a very close game, Magpies would probably settle for a draw but if their players can produce top form on the day then a win is well within their reach.
Robert Stimpson commented earlier this week “Our training has been going well and with a full squad we have to be optimistic of taking all three points. These games are very tight and will probably be decided on a piece of brilliance or a bit of bad luck by either side. From what we hear Albans are beatable but it is all about form and desire on the day.”