Hockey: Ipswich aim to regain form

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IPSWICH'S UNBEATEN run was brought to an abrupt halt last weekend when on Saturday they lost 3-1 to Clifton Scottish Life in the League and then on Sunday, away to Clifton, exited the EHA Cup. On both occasions they were without their coach Nicky Thompson.

With Thompson back on Saturday Donna Mills, the club manager, is confident they will return to winning form at Fyffes Leicester. "We are confident about Saturday. We had a good training session on Tuesday and Sandy [Lister] is fit again. Nicky gets everyone working for each other and we can now concentrate on the League." Ipswich are three points ahead of Slough who make the long trip to Doncaster.

Jane Sixsmith scored twice for struggling Sutton Coldfield in a 2-1 victory against Doncaster last weekend, only their second win of the season. Sixsmith said yesterday: "With Helen Whalley now back we have tightened our defence. Our youngsters are gaining experience with every game and we expect to play our last two home games on our new pitch, so we will survive."

The day's top Premier fixture will be the in-form Hightown, in fourth, against Clifton who are one point ahead. In Division One Chelmsford Highway and Loughborough Students, the top two with equal points, meet at Chelmsford. Canterbury, one point behind, visit bottom club Sunderland Ashbrooke.

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