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It's win or bust for last chance IES

PUBLISHED: 12:44 22 March 2002 | UPDATED: 11:36 03 March 2010

HOCKEY: Ipswich East Suffolk will visit the last chance saloon tomorrow when they entertain Clacton at Woodbridge School. The Rushmere-based club has one final chance of staying in Premier Division A of the Printwize East League, although victory over the Essex side would not guarantee them another season at this level.

IPSWICH East Suffolk will visit the last chance saloon tomorrow when they entertain Clacton at Woodbridge School.

The Rushmere-based club has one final chance of staying in Premier Division A of the Printwize East League, although victory over the Essex side would not guarantee them another season at this level.

A win would take them above Bedford into the third-from-bottom slot, but then they face an anxious wait of two weeks to see if they are safe.

If Ipswich lose their place in Division Two of the English Hockey League and Premier champions Harleston Magpies fail to succeed in the play-offs, then IES would be one of the three sides to go down.

IES are likely to be without front runner Tim Caston, but the quartet of David Taylor, Guy Marshlain, Sam Gibson and Will Fulker should be more than capable of troubling Clacton's defence.

The second team end their league with a visit to Broadland, still smarting from last week's defeat. Having led 4-1 with goals from Peter Elsom (2), Gavin Cole and Rob Boulter, they then threw the advantage away in a crazy last half hour to lose 5-4.

An early goal from Peter Day was sufficient to give Crane a 1-0 success against the thirds in an absorbing contest and tomorrow, with their league season finished, they hope to stage a friendly against Bury St Edmunds.

Two goals apiece from Tim Fletcher and John Pope with others from Neil Slade and Kevyn Brown, helped the fourths to a 6-0 trouncing of Redbridge and Ilford thirds and tomorrow they end their campaign at home to Witham thirds.

The already-promoted sixth team finished in second place thanks to a 1-0 success over Essex University seconds, with Nick Cook on target and Terry Murray performing heroics in goal against the students.


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