Tough defeat to take
Poor first half to blame.
A dreadful opening 8 minutes saw Ipswich Women’s 1st team concede 3 goals in this National League fixture against Harleston Magpies. And despite a much better second half display the damage was already done.
Ipswich started well, robbing the home side of the ball but within seconds had given them back possession and were a goal behind. Things then got much worse as a converted PC on the 4th & 8th minute put them 3-0 down.
Finally the visitors started to keep some sort of possession but it was a generally unacceptable performance from Ipswich and when the 4th goal went in on the 23rd minute it was nothing less than they deserved.
Half time saw Ipswich told some hard truths and as the second half started the visitors finally looked like they were playing some better hockey.
In fact it was Ipswich that started to create chances, Chloe Williams with some neat 3d skills winning a PC but the home side defended it well. Harleston were still a threat but player of the match Tabby Billingham was dealing with any danger down the right hand side and her pace was also creating opportunities further up the pitch.
Then on the 58th minute another Ipswich error saw Harleston gifted the ball and a diving shot found the back of the net to make it 5-0.
Ipswich to their credit kept working and won another run of PC’s but once more the away team could not convert, and the final whistle saw Harleston claim the victory.
Things don’t get any easier for Ipswich as they travel to Sevenoaks on Saturday to face a side full of International experience. Despite some tough results the Suffolk side must stay focused on their development and take the positives from their second half performance.
“We knew it would be a tough game” said coach Mariette Rix “but we did make it even harder for ourselves by the way we started the game. We need to learn from this and value the ball more”