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Sam Quek to start first Bowdon Hightown Ladies home game of Investec Premier Division season

Sam QuekBy Rod Gilmour

Sam Quek will play her first home match for Bowdon Hightown ladies in eight years in a league encounter against East Grinstead laced with an international feel this weekend.

Defender Quek will be joined by team-mate Kirsty Mackay, the former GB goalkeeper who shut out Slough at home last weekend, while fellow keeper, East Grinstead’s Amy Tennant, also returns to her former club.

Sam Leckey, Bowdon’s team manager, said of Quek and Mackay: “They are key additions. We are thankful that they wanted to come back to the club they grew up with.

“We are very blessed with internationals this weekend.”

The Manchester club currently sit equal top of the Investec Premier Division, with Leckey admitting that a home win against Leicester last weekend should have been there for the taking after a 0-0 draw.

She said: “We were unlucky not to get another win and six points. We had the majority of the game and missed a few penalty corner chances.”

Quek’s decision to return to the club she left to pursue an international career means that Bowdon will be bolstered at the back, with Leckey hopeful that she can play a key part this season.

“She has other commitments but we’re hopeful she will play a majority of the games,” she said.

Meanwhile East Grinstead defender Laura Unsworth is expected to travel to Bowdon after recovering from a cold this week.

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