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Sat 10 Mar 13:00 - East Women's Hockey League - Premier Division Full time

Ipswich Women 1's head back to National League

East Champions with 2 games to go.

Ipswich sealed the league title and promotion back to the National League with a clinical 4-0 win over bottom of the table Old Loughtonains.

The Suffolk side started brilliantly and within 6 minutes were ahead. Micha Knowles scoring with great shot that took a deflection off a loughts defender and flew into the net.

Despite taking such an early lead Ipswich were not playing at their fluid best and Loughts started to try and get a foothold in the match but some good work across the Ipswich lines denied them time on the ball. The home side did win 2 PC’s in the first half but Ipswich’s defence is top class and half time saw the score remain 1-0.

As usual coach Mariette Rix had some words of wisdom for her team and within 28 seconds of the re-start Ipswich had extended their lead. Ipswich stealing the ball on the 25 yard line then Sarah Daley, Lizzy Aldous and Chloe Williams combined to leave Williams with a tap in.

Ipswich were now totally in control and it was a matter of time before more goals came. Cards also arrived 1 for Ellie Scott and then 2 in a row for Loughts. Ipswich then extended their lead through co-captain Lucy Dunnett, another deflected strike from a PC. Then with time running out player of the match Micha Knowles scored the 4th and final goal. A clever lifted finish over the GK.

The final whistle confirmed Ipswich as League Champions and more importantly returning to the National League. The Suffolk team have been absent from the top leagues for two seasons but next year will be their 28th season in total in the National League.

“It has been an amazing season so far” said coach Mariette Rix “to win the title with 2 games to go is a great achievement and we have enjoyed the moment but we intend to re-focus on our remaining 2 matches and finish the season in style”

Ipswich play Sevenoaks 2 on Saturday and West Herts on Sunday, both at Tuddenham Road.

Team selection

Team selection has not been published for this fixture yet.

League round up

Other Premier Division results

West Herts 1
St Albans 2
Sevenoaks 2
CoP 1
Canterbury 2
Norwich Dragons 1
Cambridge Uni 1
Cambridge City 2


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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Ipswich 1 19 46
2. CoP 1 19 38
3. Canterbury 2 18 36
4. Wapping 1 19 35
5. West Herts 1 18 33
6. Sevenoaks 2 18 30
7. St Albans 2 18 27

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