Mullins plots old club's fall

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Toby Mullins, the coach who surprisingly parted company with Ipswich after taking them to their only National League title and into Europe in 1993, returns to his old hunting ground with lowly Havant from the Second Division of the South League on Sunday in the Fourth round of the AEWHA Cup.

Havant, the young, up-and-coming club from the south coast, have no illusions about the task facing them but they will be hoping the team spirit Mullins has created and his knowledge of Ipswich will see them through. As manager Debbie Humphries put it: "We have no stars but a very determined side who will enjoy themselves and give of their best."

They will be without their young striker, Lucy Riddle, who suffered a hand injury last week, but Chris Allberry and Vicky Wright are in good enough form to surprise Ipswich.

Hightown, the Cup holders and League leaders, travel to Bristol tomorrow to face Clifton in the League and then on Sunday cross the Pennines to challenge Doncaster in the only Premier clash of the round.

Ipswich travel to Birmingham tomorrow to play second-placed Sutton Canada Life, the only undefeated side in the Premier Division. At least six non-National League clubs will go into the fifth-round draw on Monday.

The women's Varsity match takes place at Oxford Hawks ground on Saturday, when the old rivals will be hoping to break the deadlock of the past three years, when the match has ended in a draw.

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