Unbeaten Harleston Magpies Ladies will be looking to remain top of Investec Women’s England League Conference East after a stunning win.
The table-topping Magpies defeated former leaders Sevenoaks 2-0 to move back to the summit ahead of tomorrow’s home clash with third-bottom Oxford Hawks.
Hannah Palmer struck twice late in the game to move the Magpies into pole position for promotion to the Premier Division.
Harleston’s playing record reads six wins and three draws from nine games, having scored 18 and conceded eight.
Tomorrow’s match against Oxford will be the final league game of the year, with all teams turning their attentions to the indoor season the week after.
The two teams met in the opening game of the season, which Magpies came from behind to win 2-1 with a brace from Emily Wilford.
Amy Campbell returns to the squad after being away last weekend at England Under-16 assessment sessions.
Magpies (from): Harrison, Miller, Warnes, Greenacre, Adams, Francis, Butler, Barber, Campbell, Brook, Wilford, Wheelhouse, Palmer, Toleman, Lee-Smith.
EAST WOMEN’S LEAGUE
DIVISION ONE NORTH
Harleston Magpies II 5
Ipswich II 2
Harleston Magpies Ladies II continued their march towards the East League Premier Division with a stunning victory over second-placed Ipswich II.
The visitors took the lead with a controversial goal, with the ball appearing to hit an Ipswich foot before it crossed the line, but Anouska Hipperson neatly levelled the scores.
Magpies took the lead after Frances Taylor’s strike from a short corner was deflected into the goal via an Ipswich stick.
After the interval, and with the crowd behind them, Hipperson doubled her tally and Harleston’s advantage before completing her hat-trick from Kira Wooltorton’s throughball to make it 4-1.
Ipswich pulled one back, even after Katherine Ridley had intially cleared the ball off the line, before Hipperson turned provider to set up Harleston’s fifth and final goal for Hayley Toleman.
This win means Magpies extend their lead at the top of the league to five points and remain unbeaten with nine wins and a draw from their 10 games.