Ladies prepare for huge clash at leaders Sevenoaks

MATCH WINNER: Emma Lee-Smith, left, fired Magpies Ladies to a 2-1 triumph against Horsham on Saturday
MATCH WINNER: Emma Lee-Smith, left, fired Magpies Ladies to a 2-1 triumph against Horsham on Saturday

Harleston Magpies Ladies are preparing for a super Sunday as they travel to Investec England League Conference East leaders Sevenoaks (12pm).

With the Magpies second, one point behind their hosts, they could leapfrog them to the summit with victory.

Harleston remain the only unbeaten team in the league and are the leading scorers with 16 goals.

Emily Wilford, Emma Lee-Smith and Angie Wheelhouse are individually among the leading goalscorers.

Title favourites Sevenoaks have been a top side in recent years, winning the league two years ago and finishing second to Surbiton last season.

Last week Magpies did what they had to do, beating Horsham at home 2-1 with goals from Wheelhouse and Lee-Smith to keep the pressure on Sevenoaks, who beat Chelmsford away courtesy of a late winner.

Magpies will be without Amy Campbell, who will be attending England Under-16s assessment sessions, but welcome back goalkeeper Megan Adams.

Magpies (from): Harrison, Miller, Warnes, Greenacre, Adams, Francis, Butler, Barber, Brook, Wilford, Wheelhouse, Palmer, Howland, Toleman, Lee-Smith.



Watton 1

Harleston Magpies II 4

Magpies’ recent good form continued at Watton with another strong performance.

The visitors came under early pressure from Watton but soon got into their stride and went ahead through striker Anouska Hipperson, making a welcome return from injury, with a super flick.

Watton fought back and equalised shortly before half-time, but after a brief yet motivational half-time talk Magpies came out much stronger for the second period.

However, the visitors were not helped by Georgie Minta being carded while sitting on the bench for loudly questioning the umpire.

A great strike from Kira Wooltorton, following a short corner, put them back in front and their lead was further extended by a sharp finish from Minta.

The final goal was scored by Hipperson, after fine play from Emily Brown gave the scoreline a more respectable result.

Player of the match was Lizzie Jones.




Diss 3 Watton II 0

Diss finally secured their first win of the season with a convincing defeat of Watton II.

The home side took the lead on 10 minutes when a short corner came to Lucy Kershaw, whose pass was well controlled by Sam Howard and, after a couple of blocked shots, she managed to push the ball over the line.

Within five minutes, Diss had made it 2-0 when a throughball by Gaby Rolingson caused confusion between a Watton defender and keeper and the ball fell to Tasha Blakeley, who swept home her first goal of the season.

After the break, Danni Strange held the ball up well and played a great ball to Rolingson, who stroked it past the keeper as Diss brought their winless run to an end.


Magpies Girls 3

Norwich Dragons 0

Magpies played their first match of the EHB cup and eventually ran out worthy winners with a comfortable 3-0 victory.

After a very scrappy first half they took control with Kira Wooltorton weaving her way through the middle before placing the ball in the corner past the advancing keeper.

Further second-half strikes from Kara Kilbourn, who rounded the keeper, and a reverse shot from Saffron Wilford enabled Magpies to overcome Dragons.

Defensively Magpies were very sound with Georgia Pearson in commanding form, enabling Ellie O’Sullivan in goal to be a spectator throughout the entire match.