Ipswich ladies face rivals Chelmsford

IPSWICH travel to Essex to take on local rivals Chelmsford in the Slazenger EHL Premier League tomorrow.Ipswich sit in sixth place, two points and one place behind their hosts, and will be keen for the win that would see them take over fifth place.

IPSWICH travel to Essex to take on local rivals Chelmsford in the Slazenger EHL Premier League tomorrow.

Ipswich sit in sixth place, two points and one place behind their hosts, and will be keen for the win that would see them take over fifth place.

Ipswich know that achieving that win will be a tough call, especially with crucial members of the squad battling for fitness after injuries ripped through the team last weekend.

Despite the setbacks Ipswich enjoyed a successful weekend, extending their unbeaten league run to three games and qualifying for the semi-finals of the cup.

Hosts Chelmsford did not play league hockey last weekend, instead battling to avoid relegation in the indoor hockey in Europe, eventually finishing in sixth place out of eight teams.

Tomorrow's game will as ever be a passionate affair with Chelmsford looking to their England internationals Chloe Rogers and Lisa Wooding to drive them on, while the Ipswich duo of Kate Hector and Jo Ellis will be hoping to nullify them as efficiently as they did in the last outdoor meeting between these teams.

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In that game Ipswich ran out 3-2 victors - in fact the Suffolk side have beaten Chelmsford in their last three meetings, including two indoor games.

With Ipswich's leading goalscorer Jenny Hall beginning to re-find her top form, and Hector always threatening from set plays, Ipswich will be keen to repeat the game in December when they took an early lead and worked hard to build on it.

With only four games left in this season Ipswich will be keen to make sure they all bring maximum points and a win at Chelmsford will be a good start.

The match at Chelmer Park starts at 2pm.

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