Ipswich seek top-four place

AFTER a superb set of results last weekend, unbeaten Ipswich sit in second place in the EHL National Premier Indoor League.The team return to Birmingham this weekend looking firstly to secure a top-four place and a return to Finals Day at the NIA on Sunday, January 21, but also with an eye on capturing the Indoor League title.

AFTER a superb set of results last weekend, unbeaten Ipswich sit in second place in the EHL National Premier Indoor League.

The team return to Birmingham this weekend looking firstly to secure a top-four place and a return to Finals Day at the NIA on Sunday, January 21, but also with an eye on capturing the Indoor League title.

Current leaders Bowdon Hightown are two points above Ipswich but still have some tough games to play, including one against third-place Slough.

Ipswich also have a run of tough games but it would be no surprise if the final game of the weekend, which pits Ipswich against Bowdon, could decide the fate of this year's league title.

Ipswich open against fourth-placed Sutton Coldfield and know they will be in for a tough game against a hard-working team that also includes the sharp skills of England hockey legend Jane Sixsmith.

Ipswich though will be able to include their own England sharp-shooter, U18 star Jenny Hall.

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Hall was absent last weekend due to England training commitments but her inclusion will add even more firepower to the Ipswich attacking line.

Ipswich's second game is against Olton. This is the first year of Premier Indoor hockey for the Midlands team and even though they have had mixed results, their squad is very talented, including two current England internationals and one former England player. A win here is vital for Ipswich, but it could be a very close game.

Sunday sees Ipswich face another East Anglian derby game against Old Loughtonians.

The Essex side have yet to win a game but cannot be written off as Ipswich could only draw with them at the East Indoor Tournament before Christmas.

However the Suffolk team has proved that it has upped its level since then and would be very disappointed with anything but a victory.

The final game is against Bowdon Hightown and, as mentioned before, it could be the league title decider.

Despite Bowdon's good record Ipswich will feel confident going into this game and should they perform to their ability then Ipswich could be bringing the league title back to Suffolk with them.

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