Hockey: Roderick's debut

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THE WELSH international, Kate Roderick, will make her competitive debut for First Personnel Sutton Coldfield in tomorrow's All England Women's Hockey Assocation Cup fourth-round tie at Bracknell. The European Cup- Winners' Cup holders, though, will be without Mandy Davies, who made such an impression in their 3-0 National League win against Leicester last Saturday but is unavailable, writes Bill Colwill.

Hightown, the Cup holders, trek to Bournemouth while last year's League champions and beaten finalists, Slough, travel to Ormskirk. Both should be confident of figuring in next Wednesday's draw to be made live on Five Aside on Radio 5. The League leaders, Ipswich, will be looking for an impressive performance from Lucy Youngs against her old club, Harleston Magpies.

The PizzaExpress National League, meanwhile, resumes after its mid-season break with the current leaders, Hounslow, entertaining last year's winners, Havant, who are four points adrift in third place. Second-placed Southgate are hosts to struggling Neston.

Chelmsford's recruitment of former Indian World Cup players Gundeep Kumar and Balwinder Singh in an effort to avoid relegation from the Second Division has run into problems. It appears that only Singh may arrive in time to play in their game at Harborne tomorrow.