Skipper is glad to get back in action
PUBLISHED: 14:49 02 November 2001 | UPDATED: 15:19 03 March 2010
HOCKEY: Ipswich will be desperate to return to national league action on Saturday after a fortnight without a game. A week after they had walloped six goals past Bromley, the heavens opened and opponents Indian Gymkhana got marooned on the waterlogged A12.
IPSWICH will be desperate to return to national league action on Saturday after a fortnight without a game.
A week after they had walloped six goals past Bromley, the heavens opened and opponents Indian Gymkhana got marooned on the waterlogged A12.
Last week saw no matches at all due to England Under-15 and U-17 divisional tournaments, although neither were hardly likely to make major inroads into many sides at Division Two level and above.
Skipper Asif Rais today admitted that his side could well have done without such a break so early in the season and especially after they had chalked up their first points of the season.
"We were high in confidence after the Bromley game and all I can ask the players now is for that to be rekindled," he said.
Tomorrow's opposition, newly-promoted Belper, play on a water-based pitch and Rais added: "Although it doesn't really suit our game, we have to make the best of it and see if we can come away from there with something.
"We know we will be in for a tough match as they put eight past Peterborough in their last home game and have started well in Division Two.
"They have also picked up Craig Keegan, the former St Albans player, and as he has already established himself as the leading scorer he is going to have to be carefully watched.
"However, we must try to carry on the momentum from where we left off and be as relaxed as possible. In that frame of mind we will find it easier to cope with them and play our natural game."
The following day, Ipswich entertain Premier Division side Old Loughtonians in the third round of the EHA Cup – a side they lost 9-0 away to in the same competition last season.
"While it would be a major upset if we beat them, I certainly don't see us losing as badly this time," said Rais. "They are a strong side with quality players, but at least we are at home this time and will have much greater support."
Ipswich seconds went top of Division One last week by continuing their remarkable scoring
record as Luton Town were thrashed 9-0 and tomorrow St Ives are likely to be on the receiving end of another goal blitz.
An Alan Mayhew hat-trick wasn't enough to prevent the thirds losing 4-3 to Chelmsford, while Richard Beales was on target again for the fourth team, who tomorrow take on Crane, lost 4-1 to Colchester seconds in a game that was closer than the scoreline suggests.
The fifth team beat Colchester thirds 4-2, with the Glassford brothers, Rob and Ian, both scoring, while the sixth team were well beaten by an experienced Colchester fourths, with Stuart Lang getting the consolation.
The veterans drew 1-1 with Bedford.
Orwell Ladies aim to get back on track at home to Norwich City tomorrow in Division Two North of the Printwize East League after losing 3-0 to Wisbech.
Their second team, who drew 1-1 with Haverhill seconds in the Premier Division of the Suffolk League, have a local derby with IES seconds, while the thirds, who were well beaten by Castaways,
play Stour Valley.