27 October 2007

Harleston Magpies Ladies, sponsored by Kitchen Sense of Harleston, return to English League Division I action this weekend after a one week absence due to the Territorial Tournament. This week they play Trojans at home on Saturday starting at 12.30 as they still going looking for their first points of the season.

Although this very young side is finding the going tough this season they were certainly worth a point against Loughborough Students in their last home game and in their last League game away against Durham University they were beaten by a freak goal in the final 5 seconds to go down 4-3. On the positive side the team scored goals from Angie Whelhouse, Cherry Seaborn and Artemis Clark but they are conceding too many goals.

Hopefully Magpies will have a full squad to pick from as they taken on a very experienced Trojans side from Southampton ,who have traditionally always proved to be strong opponents.

Squad from: Louisa Greenacre (Capt), Lucy Hayman, Helen Brook, Lucy Miller, Debbie McAllen, Amelia Thomson, Sarah Cave, Artemis Clark, Jess Hull, Laura Parker, Ellie Blake, Katrina Warnes, Kathryn Hinsley, Cherry Seaborn and Angie Wheelhouse.

Magpies Men, sponsored by Durrants, continued their stay at the top of the league following a convincing win against Bishops Stortford. The visitors defended well for the early part of the game but Andy Hipwell’s finishing was in a class of its own with four goals, the first from a corner and the remaining from open play.

Captain Leigh Sitch unavailable through a coaching commitment was replaced by Tristan Baynes. This was the latter’s first league game of the season following a finger injury sustained in a pre-season friendly. A vintage performance at sweeper but a position which Sitch will return to for the trip to Bedford.

Sam Moore sustained a training injury and will miss a few weeks, however David Ling is scheduled to start his comeback following a serious injury with a run out in the second eleven.

Both St Albans and Magpies have games they should win this weekend. Albans game against Harpendon looks to give them anopportunity to make up on goal difference as Magpies game away should result in three points but could be tight.

Robert Stimpson Magpies Manager said after the weekend “Stortford defended very well but we put them under immense pressure which ultimately resulted in a convincing win. We have to guard against complacency. We have to take each game as it comes, whilst we know games against Ipswich, Dereham and St Albans will be tough, we have to continue to treat every side with respect we do not need to lose points unnecessarily.”