Hockey: Ipswich's revived squad face test at Canterbury

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It is the turn of the men's National League to have this weekend off while the women return to action after their blank week. In the First Division Canterbury and Slough defend their 100 per cent records as the top four teams meet.

Fourth-placed Ipswich travel to the leaders, Canterbury, with Slough visiting Chelmsford.

Ipswich, after a torrid season last year, when they won just one game, have benefited from the return of former England captain Sandie Lister and Nick Thompson as a joint coaching team. With the recruitment of the England goalkeeper Becky Duggan from Woking and Cathy Gilliat-Smith from Chelmsford they now have a formidable squad.

Chelmsford have re-signed Trinadad international Dr Tamara Nancoo from Harleston although she is not expected to play this afternoon. The South African Olympian Natalie Fulton will be in their unchanged side.

Wimbledon and Bradford lead the way in the Second and Third Divisions respectively and look set to preserve their 100 per cent records. Wimbledon make the long trip to Exmouth and Bradford entertain League newcomers Southampton.