Clifton face the acid test

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Clifton who made an impressive start to the women's national league under their new coach, Peter Attwell, beating Bracknell 3-0, face a stiff challenge when they travel to champions Slough tomorrow, writes Peter Colwill.

The Bristol club are without Elaine Basterfield in midfield, while Slough, who are smarting from a 2-0 defeat at Hightown, should welcome back their Great Britain players, Mandy Nicholls and Anna Bennett, both recovered from injury.

Ipswich look likely to continue their good form at Doncaster. With new signings Lorraine Catchpole and the industrious Lisa Copeland fitting in well, the continued absence through injury of Tracy Fry and Kirsten Spencer may not be too serious. Spencer appeared briefly for penalty corners in last week's 4-0 defeat of Bracknell but will not play at Doncaster.

Balsam Leicester, at home to Hightown, will probably still be missing Great Britain defender Lucy Cope, who is suffering from a calf strain.