9th February 2008

Harleston Magpies Ladies, sponsored by Kitchen Sense of Harleston, play Reading at home on Saturday at 12.30 in their English League Division I game. Magpies made the best possible start last week when they played their first League game since November and started with a tremendous performance in beating Loughborough University away 1-0. The result was nothing less than Magpies deserved and despite the long break in between games Magpies have won their last two League games.

With a number of games cancelled last week because of the weather Reading had the frustration of not playing. Reading are currently fourth in the League and beat Magpies 4-0 earlier in the season so this will be an interesting challenge to see what progress Magpies have made since the earlier encounter.

The return of Naomi Hull last week made a big difference especially with Laura Parker out until March. Magpies will have their fingers crossed that the injury Naomi picked up last week will not prevent her from playing this week. Having had a very hard start to the season Magpies will know that having beaten teams in 3rd and 6th place that if they perform to their potential they are capable of surprising a number of teams in the second half of the season.

SQUAD FROM: Louisa Greenacre (Capt), Lucy Hayman, Helen Brook, Lucy Miller, Amy Tuffs, Artemis Clark, Katrina Warnes, Naomi Hull, Amelia Thomson, Debbie McAllen, Jess Hull, Kathryn Hinsley, Cherry Seaborn and Angie Wheelhouse.

Harleston Magpies Men, sponsored by Durrants, Last weekend promised to be an interesting one at the top of the league, and so it proved to be. The league’s top scorers met at Weybread and produced a game with eight goals.Magpies built up a commanding lead of 5-1 but let Blueharts back into the game without their win really being threatened. Magpies maintained their nine point lead on St Albans who kept up the pressure with a 4-0 win over Cambridge City. This victory ended City’s recent run and probably means Magpies and Albans will be left to fight over top position.

This weekend Magpies keep the same squad for their visit to Bishops Stortford. The newly promoted side have taken some time to adjust to the league but have improved since their ealier loss at Magpies. Magpies took some time before they were able to break the Stortford defence down and the return match could be one of Magpies toughest tests so far against an unfancied side. St Albans play hosts to Havering and although Havering will give St Albans a tough fight it would be suprising if they did not pick up all three points. Magpies need to continue to pick up points in the next two weeks against the lesser sides before taking on Ipswich and St Albans.