Magpies are looking to resume title quest

Harleston Magpies Ladies resume their quest for Conference East glory tomorrow when they host struggling Bromley and Beckenham.

Sitting in second place, just one point off leaders Sevenoaks, Magpies will be presented the perfect opportunity to maintain the pressure on the table-toppers with a visit of their bottom-placed opponents (12.30pm).

Two goals from Emma Lee-Smith and a further strike from Hannah Palmer secured Magpies an impressive 3-1 win away at Wimbledon, ahead of tomorrow’s encounter, while Sevenoaks overcame third-placed St Albans 1-0 to retain their slender advantage, with the top now holding a six-point lead over the chasing pack.

Bromley and Beckenham come into the encounter in search of their first point this season, but without Sarah Brook and Lucy Miller, Magpies will still have to be aware of a potential upset.

Squad from: Charlotte Harrison (C), Lucy Miller, Katrina Warnes, Louisa Greenacre, Megan Adams, Debbie Francis, Lauren Barber, Elizabeth Jones, Jess Howland, Amy Campbell, Angie Wheelhouse, Hannah Palmer, Hayley Toleman and Emma Lee-Smith.

n Another of the Magpies’ sides remain on course for promotion, with the men extending their advantage in the East Men’s League Premier Division with a 6-1 win over Ipswich.

The table-toppers got off to the perfect start as Tristan Baynes gave the hosts a two-goal advantage at the break.

Adam Hipwell then added a third, followed by another from Andrew Bedwell, before the visitors reduced the deficit.

However, it proved nothing more than a consolation as Rhodri Furlong Hipwell added further goals, wrapping up a comfortable afternoon for Harleston.

n Harleston’s mixed side eased through to the second round of the EHB Trophy competition with a 5-0 rout of Dereham, the team who knocked them out last year.

A Lucy Whiting double was added to by Mel Ludlam, Martin Fields and Richard Larkin to seal progression to the next round.

n Meanwhile, Magpies Ladies’ second team got their second half of the season off to a flying start with an emphatic 6-1 win at home against Ipswich III.

Anouska Hipperson broke the deadlock early on, which was soon followed by a second goal from Emily Brown and a third from Hipperson before the break.

Saffron Walden reduced the deficit soon after the interval, but there was to be no comeback as Anouska Hipperson added her third, Emily Brown her second and Kira Wooltorton finished the scoring to cap off a dominant display.