Ipswich not getting carried away

HOCKEY: Ipswich Ladies second team, who face Anchorians at Tuddenham Road tomorrow (start 2.30pm), currently sit two points clear at the top of the Printwize East Premier League table.

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Ipswich Ladies second team, who face Anchorians at Tuddenham Road tomorrow (start 2.30pm), currently sit two points clear at the top of the Printwize East Premier League table.

This is something they have not done since winning the league back in 2000, but captain Emma Millar is determined though that no one is getting carried away just yet.

"As nice as it is to be top of the league so early on in the season, it is not really that important to us at the moment.

"We brought in several new players over the summer and had to make some major adjustments to people's playing positions and I really feel that we are only now beginning to settle.

"The results so far are proof of the teams determination and underlying individual quality but I feel that we are now ready to play a high standard of team hockey for the whole 70 minutes, rather than in previous weeks, when we only have come to life in the last 35!"

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There are three changes to the squad for this home game against struggling Anchorians.

Strikers Sophie Sheldrake and Lucy Philip are both unavailable but in come Ella Kenny, Jo Jo Anderson and Sarah Allsop.

Ipswich are full of confidence after another good win on Saturday over rivals Chelmsford and will be looking to cement their league position with a convincing win against an Anchorians side that has yet to record a victory.

Anchorians will not be an easy side to brush aside though as they are a very dogged team that can defend in numbers.

Last week's player of the match Sarah Juggins will play a crucial role, aiming to control the middle of the pitch and create opportunities for the pacy Ipswich forwards to expose the Kent side.

With the defence looking better with each match and the team in general playing some excellent flowing hockey, Ipswich will be a hard side to breakdown.

A good win here would send them into next week's crucial game with Sevenoaks brimming with confidence.

IPSWICH East Suffolk Ladies have the luxury of playing at home this weekend and will welcome Wisbech who are currently top of the table.

Lessons must be learnt from last week's match draw against Bourne with composure on the ball a key to a positive result.

Captain Fran Poppleton expects determined play from the squad and will want to see all skills put into practice.

The game is at Woodbridge School starting at 2.30pm.

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