Harleston Magpies Ladies sitting second in the Super 6s Indoor Championships after positive opening weekend
Harleston Magpies Ladies enjoyed an opening weekend of the Super 6s Indoor Championships to remember.
The Division One side returned from the trip to Bristol unbeaten from their four fixtures – which yielded a return of three wins – and they go into the final round of matches tomorrow and Sunday sitting second in the standings, two points off table-topping Sutton Coldfield.
On Saturday they got their campaign off to the perfect start by putting their Chelmsford counterparts to the sword, winning through 8-2.
Sarah Brook and Emma Lee-Smith both helped themselves to braces, while further goals from Lara Taylor, Lauren Rowe, Charlotte Harrison and Aoife Lowe-Davies completed the rout.
Brook scored another two goals next time out, although on this occasion Magpies were forced to settle for a 3-3 draw after twice taking the lead.
Kristine Ayling was the other player on target against the side that Magpies sit ahead on goal difference.
Magpies opened up the following day by falling a goal behind to Cambridge City, but they roared by with goals from Lee-Smith (2), Ayling and Taylor before City struck a late consolation as the game ended 4-2.
Rowe, who has shown clinical form throughout the outdoor season, helped herself to two goals in the final encounter of the weekend – a 6-2 win over the University of Birmingham.
Brook, Taylor, Lee-Smith and Harrison also added their names to the scoresheet to round off a positive two days for Magpies.
As well as being at the top end of the table, Magpies players have also made an impact on the leading goalscorer chart.
Brook and Lee-Smith are just two goals off the pace with five, while Rowe is one of a number of players to have scored three times.
The tournament will conclude in Nottingham this weekend, with Magpies well in the hunt for first place.
Tomorrow they start with a clash against bottom-of-the-table Gloucester (1.30pm), followed by a match up with sixth-placed Reading (5.30pm).
Sevenoaks (4th) are first on the agenda on Sunday (11am), with a potential winner-takes-all clash against league-leading Sutton Coldfield last up (5pm).