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Ladies aim for crucial victory

PUBLISHED: 12:49 22 March 2002 | UPDATED: 11:36 03 March 2010

HOCKEY: If Ipswich Ladies can come home from Doncaster with three points tomorrow, they can put any fears of relegation well and truly to bed. However, the fixture comes under the heading of a six-pointer, with the Yorkshirer outfit bottom but only three points behind the Tuddenham Road side.

IF Ipswich Ladies can come home from Doncaster with three points tomorrow, they can put any fears of relegation well and truly to bed.

However, the fixture comes under the heading of a six-pointer, with the Yorkshirer outfit bottom but only three points behind the Tuddenham Road side.

For their part, Ipswich will be trying to blank out their poor performance which saw them lose to Chelmsford and captain Leisa King hopes they can demonstrate their quality and flair in front of goal.

"We have a good record against them and although they have a solid squad if we play to our creative strengths then they won't be able to match us," she said.

Coach Sandie Lister will be absent due to school commitments but Ipswich have enough experience to be able to put her tactics into practice.

Ipswich second team go into their last game in the Premier Division of the Printwize East League looking to record their first win in four matches and desperate to finish on a high note.

Jane Cook and Becky Lawrence are both unavailable but promising teenager Charlotte Andersson, sister of the already-established team member JoJo, will get her first start while the highly-experienced Debbie Rawlinson will also return to the squad.

Even though Ipswich dispatched the students 5-0 in their first encounter, this game will be a much harder test, as the students have improved dramatically.

Their 2-2 draw with champions Sevenoaks last week showed their improvement and Ipswich will have to dig deep and be prepared to cover a lot of ground against a young and fit side.

Good passing and movement is the key to the Ipswich game but a more purposeful attitude in the D will be crucial for a side that needs a win to finish their season in style.

This has not turned out to be the season hoped for but the merger with Ipswich will bring a new look to the club and a stylish win would be a fitting end to celebrate all it has achieved over the years.


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