Ipswich return with key double header
IPSWICH Hockey Club restart the second half of the Slazenger Men's National South League season with a key double-header this weekend.It is the turn of league leaders Exeter University to undertake the long journey from the dark depths of the Exmouth Moors to the bright lights of East Anglia tomorrow.
IPSWICH Hockey Club restart the second half of the Slazenger Men's National South League season with a key double-header this weekend.
It is the turn of league leaders Exeter University to undertake the long journey from the dark depths of the Exmouth Moors to the bright lights of East Anglia tomorrow.
Ipswich only hope the journey does not spoil their concentration because they are ready and waiting.
With the previous fixture ending in a comfortable Exeter victory there is pride to recover for Ipswich and the post-Christmas training has been particularly encouraging.
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Not only that but the squad has expanded and gained significant momentum since the last encounter and are revelling in the chance to set the record straight in this home fixture.
With the warm-up friendly against Chelmsford, currently sitting at the bottom of the league above, resulting in a comfortable Ipswich victory, Ipswich have made their talents and motivation clear.
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However, it is vital that Ipswich do not relax or become lackadaisical over this success - Exeter present probably the most difficult game of the remaining season and with a number of highly talented internationals Ipswich must be on the top of their form in this Saturday fixture.
Sunday sees the arrival of Robinsons from Bristol and is a big game for Ipswich offering a chance to effectively cement promotion given the league restructuring next season.
With Robinsons trailing by eights points in tenth place in the league, they are there for the taking.
However, given the last fixture between the clubs ended 4-3 it is clear that this will be no walk-over, especially given the game the previous day.
But, it offers Ipswich the opportunity to extend their free-scoring hockey and Phil Messent and Richard Rutterford will be particularly keen to restart their scoring form in the second half of the season.