Ipswich - Indoor League

English Hockey Premier League IndoorIpswich WomenIpswich 7 Leicester 1 (E Lee-Smith 3, L Unwin, V Sandall, B Baker, L Aldous) Ipswich 4 Slough 4 (E Millar, L Aldous, E Lee-Smith 2) Ipswich 7 Chelmsford 3 (E Lee-Smith 4, L Aldous, L King 2)Ipswich 8 Canterbury 6 (V Sandall, L King, E Millar 2, L Aldous 2, E Lee-Smith 2) As the rain lashed down on a sodden Birmingham this weekend Ipswich were more than happy to be playing indoors as the 2007 Women's EHL National Premier Indoor League season kicked off.

English Hockey Premier League Indoor

Ipswich Women

Ipswich 7 Leicester 1 (E Lee-Smith 3, L Unwin, V Sandall, B Baker, L Aldous)

Ipswich 4 Slough 4 (E Millar, L Aldous, E Lee-Smith 2)

Ipswich 7 Chelmsford 3 (E Lee-Smith 4, L Aldous, L King 2)

Ipswich 8 Canterbury 6 (V Sandall, L King, E Millar 2, L Aldous 2, E Lee-Smith 2)

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As the rain lashed down on a sodden Birmingham this weekend Ipswich were more than happy to be playing indoors as the 2007 Women's EHL National Premier Indoor League season kicked off.

Ipswich, like many other teams, were without their International players. Jo Ellis is in South Africa with the GB team, while Jenny Hall was training with the England U18 side. Despite missing two such talented players the Suffolk side returned from the long weekend unbeaten and sitting in second place in the EHL National Premier Indoor League.

The recently crowned East Champions opened their account with a 7-1 demolition of a weakened Leicester team, with Emma Lee-Smith scoring a hat-trick. The second game saw Ipswich face a tougher challenge in old rivals Slough and things did not look good for Ipswich as Slough went into the half time break 4-1 up. However, Ipswich rose to the challenge and fought back to draw level at 4-4, Emma Lee-Smith again leading the way with two goals. Ipswich then had chances to sneak the win as the game ended with several hotly disputed umpiring decisions.

Sunday saw the team up early as they faced Essex rivals Chelmsford at 9am. Despite the early start, Ipswich opened the game at an amazing pace that Chelmsford had no reply to and were 3-0 up within seven minutes. The defending English Champions battled hard to get themselves back into the game but every time they gave themselves a life line Ipswich responded with another goal. Emma Lee-Smith bagged a superb four goals, while Leisa King also opened her account with two well taken corners. The final result saw Ipswich run out comfortable 7-3 victors.

The last game of the day proved to be on of the tightest with Ipswich facing another East side, Canterbury. Going 2-0 down seemed to wake the Suffolk side up but they still went into half time trailing 5-4. A sterling second half effort saw them fire in four more goals while restricting Canterbury to one, allowing them to run out 8-6 winners. Emma Millar, Lizzy Aldous and top scorer Emma Lee-Smith all scored 2 goals a piece with King and Sandall also adding to their goal records.

Ipswich are now in a superb position for qualifying for the National Indoor finals for the third year in a row, however, the team are still very aware that their job is only a third complete with another testing weekend lying ahead.

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