Ipswich 2 Leicester 6

Slazenger EHL WomenPremier League Ipswich 2 Leicester 6A STRENGTHENED Ipswich team welcomed Leicester to Tuddenham Road on Saturday for a vital Slazenger EHL clash.

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Ipswich 2 Leicester 6

A STRENGTHENED Ipswich team welcomed Leicester to Tuddenham Road on Saturday for a vital Slazenger EHL clash. Despite taking an early lead through a well-taken Chloe Hunnable goal Ipswich slumped to another defeat that ensures their fight for Premiership survival will go to the wire.

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Ipswich started the game at a fantastic pace and caught Leicester napping, as Hunnable ran past a static defence to score her fourth goal of the season on the sixth minute. One nil up and playing good hockey things looked good for the home side but a Leicester side full of current and ex-internationals were not going to lie down and the visitors looked to use their pace to put the Suffolk team under pressure.

The away team were on level terms on the 19th minute after a well-taken reverse stick shot eluded Mari�tte Rix in goal. Both sides had further chances but neither could find the final touch then on the strike of half time Leicester won a short corner and a clear move resulted in their second goal.

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Despite being disappointed to be one-nil down at half time Ipswich knew that they were still in the match and started the second half strongly, however Leicester were first to strike again five minutes into the re-start with a soft goal. Rix smothered the first shot but the ball spun past her and trickled over the line to make it 3-1.

With Ipswich chasing the game gaps were appearing and it was Leicester again that scored, through a short corner strike to make it 4-1. Despite the scoreline Ipswich continued to play good fast hockey and an Emma Lee-Smith goal with 15 minutes left gave the home side a glimmer of hope. Leicester though firmly shut the door with tow final goals in the last ten minutes to make it 6-2.

Leicester were worthy winners but Ipswich know that if they reproduce this sort of play against next week's opponents Trojans then they should give themselves a great chance of picking up some well needed points.

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