Emma to stifle siter's short-corner act

HOCKEY: With their latest games postponed due to the weather both BTexact Ipswich and Chelmsford will be keen to get three points when they meet at Chelmer Park tomorrow (12.30pm start) before the league takes a break for the World Cup.

HOCKEY

WITH their latest games postponed due to the weather both BTexact Ipswich and Chelmsford will be keen to get three points when they meet at Chelmer Park tomorrow (12.30pm start) before the league takes a break for the World Cup.

Ipswich have a full squad and coach Sandie Lister is confident that the midfield line can work effectively against the spoiling tactics of Chelmsford.

With Ipswich's Sarah Bamfield and Tanya Barnard in good form up front, Chelmsford keeper Katy Roberts should be very involved.

Chelmsford have had a good start to the season, a draw with Slough being a good indication of the strength in their defence, and with Lisa Wooding on short-corner strike, Ipswich will need to be alert in their own defending area.

Ipswich vice-captain Emma Muir (nee Wooding) will know all about her sister's skills, yet she is confident that overall the impressive team play of the Suffolk side will be too strong for Chelmsford.

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"We have been much more consistent this season," she said. "Our squad is well balanced and the work we have put in at training sessions has been paying off on the pitch.

"We are being more creative with the ball and in the last third our shooting and our reactions to saves have been much more effective."

AFTER a two-week break from the Printwize League, Ipswich East Suffolk are ready and

raring to go.

Ipswich East Suffolk travel to Bourne – a team they have not faced before – and are anxious to collect three points as they did against Lincoln in their last outing.

Fran Poppleton's squad will look to use the same game plan by making the ball travel with pace and accuracy and thinking ahead all the time.

All squad members know the game plan and Poppleton will expect her players to operate as a unit.

The second team entertain Haverhill at home while the thirds travel to East Bergholt.