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Magpies out to move a step closer to national success

Harleston Magpies Under-16s Girls Will be aiming to seal progression this weekend at the Junior Clubs Championships in Wolverhampton.

Magpies qualified for the finals by winning the East Regional Finals back in December, winning all four matches in convincing style against Canterbury (11-0), Ipswich (5-1), Saffron Walden (6-2) and Old Loughtonians (3-0). Ipswich also went through to the finals as the runners up.

This weekend Magpies play in the same section as Surbiton (South), Leicester (Midlands), Taunton Vale (West) and York (North).

The top two teams in the section will go through to play in the semi finals against the top two teams from the other section.

A number of players in the Magpies squad have experience of the competition having played in the finals last year when they finished third behind strong Surbiton and Leicester sides.

They will be aiming to go at least a step further this time round with a stronger Magpies team expected to travel.

Harleston Magpies Squad: Abby Gooderham, Holly Riches, Tor Findlay, Martha Lawrence, Amelia Preece, Molly Redgrove, Lauren Rowe, Lottie Summers and Anna Tighe.

n Meanwhile, Harleston Magpies men’s indoor team will be travelling to Bristol to compete in the second weekend of the National Conference Division Two North Championships.

In the pre-qualifying Super 6s Championship last week, Magpies recovered from an opening 3-1 defeat to St Albans with three consecutive wins against Lichfield (10-2), Bradford Tigers (7-2) and Bournville (3-2) to secure their progression.

They will now travel with Bournville and St Albans, to face the qualifiers from the National Division Two Championship South League.

n Elsewhere, Diss Ladies started the new year in style with an emphatic 8-0 win over Watton II in Empressa Norfolk Ladies League Division One.

For the first 10 minutes, Watton held their hosts and had a couple of half chances, but Diss’ supremacy finally shone through when Sam Ralph scored to break the deadlock.

Watton kept plugging away and, with their goalkeeper performing heroics, kept out the home side for a further 15 minutes.

But, Diss soon added to their tally as Sarah Wood picked up the ball just outside the D and ran straight at the goal. With the defence backing off, she smashed the ball past the Watton keeper. Tobi Glover then added a third before the break.

That momentum continued after the break with further goals from Ralph and Glver (4).

The win leaves Diss in third place ahead of their match against top of the league, Reepham tomorrow.

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