Staying out of trouble
HockeyIPSWICH Ladies can continue their climb away from the lower reaches of the Premier Division tomorrow with two victories this weekend.A trip to Canterbury should not prove too taxing for the Tuddenham Road side while the following day they entertain Chelmsford, another side from whom they should take maximum points.
IPSWICH Ladies can continue their climb away from the lower reaches of the Premier Division tomorrow with two victories this weekend.
A trip to Canterbury should not prove too taxing for the Tuddenham Road side while the following day they entertain Chelmsford, another side from whom they should take maximum points.
Their lowly place in the English Hockey League this season has been a bit of a surprise, but when they are at their best they have the potential to beat any side.
That was evident last Sunday when their away win at Leicester knocked the midlanders off the top of the table and that should be a concern for both Canterbury and Chelmsford.
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Ipswich will need to keep an eye on Canterbury's experienced international defender Mel Clewlow who is difficult to beat and can also cause problems from short corners with her accurate striking.
The fact that she is the club's top scorer with eight means that precious little else is forthcoming up front and the Ipswich defence should be more than capable of handling the Kent side's forward line.
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Ipswich are still without the injured Lizzie Aldous, but have enough strength in depth to cover for her absence.
Chelmsford, who will be trying to avenge their cup defeat by Ipswich. Chelmsford will have the benefit of international defender Lisa Wooding and goalkeeper Katy Roberts who were away when the two sides last met.
Chelmsford have an excellent defence and Ipswich will need to be strong in the tackles to try to make the most out of each attack, but with Leisa King and Vicki Sandall in good form in the centre of the pitch Ipswich can dominate midfield.
The strongest part of Chelmsford's game is their short corner routine so the Ipswich defence will need to work hard to prevent them getting many opportunities.
After a good draw with newly crowned champions Sevenoaks, Ipswich take on last year's champions Canterbury seconds at home, knowing that a win is vital to put them back in the top three.
The reverse fixture saw a 2-2 draw but the way Ipswich dominated the second half, coming back from a 2-0 deficit, proves that they are more than capable of dominating this match and securing a much-needed win in the Premier Division of the Printwize East League..
The squad will remain virtually unchanged and the only doubt is whether Jo Gray will be called up into the first team.
Ipswich have been playing some great hockey and will want to win their last home game of the season.
With Jane Cook playing extremely well in her new role as sweeper, Canterbury will find it hard to break down the Suffolk team's defence and with a bit more composure up front Ipswich should prove to be a real handful.