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Harleston Magpies make positive start to Indoor Super 6s Championships campaign

Harleston Magpies Ladies have made a ‘really positive start’ to the Indoor Super 6s Championships, but player-coach Emma Lee-Smith has conceded that this weekend’s assignments will be ‘much tougher’.

The Ladies have spent the past couple of years fighting against relegation in Division One, but three wins from four over the course of last Saturday and Sunday has left them in a lofty third place heading into the competition’s conclusion in Nottingham.

However, with games to come against Sevenoaks (5th), Wimbledon (1st), Cambridge City (7th) and Reading (4th), Lee-Smith is taking nothing for granted.

Harleston Magpies
Harleston Magpies

“I was really pleased how well the team played together with new players coming in and three members having their senior debuts over the weekend,” she said.

“We were disappointed with a loss in our first game but we played well and created plenty of chances. It was a successful start to the competition with a good spread of goals amongst the team and a great defensive performance.

“We will now look to build for next week with a couple of extra players coming in.

“I am expecting the games to be much tougher as we will be playing the other teams at the top of the table, but nine points out of a possible 12 is a really positive start to our campaign.”

After opening up with a 1-0 defeat to Repton – a game that saw Lauren Rowe have a goal controversially ruled out – Magpies continued with an emphatic 4-0 win over the University of Birmingham, which featured goals from Lee-Smith, Rowe, Lara Taylor, and Georgie Cantrell.

Lee-Smith, Rowe and Taylor were all on target again – along with Olivia Thomas – next time out as Canterbury were beaten 4-2 before an entertaining 10-goal contest against Beeston.

It was Magpies that came out on top 6-4, courtesy of goals from Cantrell (2), Taylor (2), Lee-Smith and Rowe.

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