Lister sticks with positive approach

WOMEN'S HOCKEY: Ipswich Ladies face Olton on Sunday in the Premier League. Olton will be keen to avenge their defeat at the hands of Ipswich in last year's cup final, but the loss of forward Helen Grant may be the undoing of the Midlands team.

WOMEN'S HOCKEY

Ipswich Ladies face Olton on Sunday in the Premier League.

Olton will be keen to avenge their defeat at the hands of Ipswich in last year's cup final, but the loss of forward Helen Grant may be the undoing of the Midlands team.

Ipswich have started the season with a dominant 7-0 victory over Trojans and their integrated team play has brought out the best of their attacking flair.

Coach Sandie Lister has introduced two youngsters, Jojo Anderson in the midfield and Ella Kenny in the attack.

She said: "Olton have a dominant midfield and some excellent short corner routines.

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"We need remain disciplined throughout and confident in our ability to put away our chances. If we can continue with our positive approach then Olton will find it difficult to get into forward positions."

Ipswich seconds go into their Printwize East League Premier Division game at home to Folkestone tomorrow (start 1pm) full of confidence.

This comes after last week's good win and the return of Sally Tyrell and Lucy Philip will boost the squad even further.

Newly-promoted Folkestone are an unknown quantity to Ipswich but they will not underestimate them and the aim is to keep on playing the patterns that have worked so effectively over the last two weeks.

Ipswich have not conceded a goal so far this season and the defence will be looking for another clean sheet while the midfield and strikers will be looking to take their chances and punish any error by the visiting team.

Ipswich defender Becky Lawrence knows that two good games does not make a season and aims to lead the defence in another clinical display.

"We have started well at the back and it is especially satisfying not having conceded a goal, but we are a new unit and it is crucial that we keep on talking and listening to each other," she said. "I still feel we have room to improve but as long as we work as a unit we will be a very hard team to breakdown."

The home side needs another hard-working team display but confidence is high and another win should be the final result.

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