Hockey: Roberts returns for leaders' trip to Ipswich

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The unlikely women's Premier League leaders, Chelmsford, travel to Ipswich today to face a side languishing at the bottom with just one point from their opening three games.

The Chelmsford squad, already strengthened this season with the return of Becky Alltree and Cathy Gilliat-Smith from Loughborough University, will this weekend see their goalkeeper, Katie Roberts, available again after her recent stint with Great Britain in the USA.

Encounters between these East Anglian rivals are usually pretty competitive and today's game is unlikely to be any different. Tomorrow, Chelmsford travel to Camberley in the second round of the EH Cup, while Ipswich entertain Hampstead & Westminster.

The defending champions, Slough, face Fyffes Leicester at Upton Court, where both sides will be missing key players with the British squad in Argentina. Slough's coach, Lesley Hobley, has this week been named as the new coach of Welsh women following the departure of Margaret Medlow.

Just a short distance away at Bisham Abbey, Jason Lee, the new coach of the Great Britain men's side, will be assessing his squad for their upcoming tour of New Zealand when they play the second of two games against England B on Sunday morning. The teams first met yesterday evening.