Drop looms as Sudbury are hit for six by St Ives

STALEMATE: Abbi Taylor takes a shot on goal in Sudbury Ladies' 0-0 draw against Canterbury III
STALEMATE: Abbi Taylor takes a shot on goal in Sudbury Ladies' 0-0 draw against Canterbury III
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EAST MEN’S LEAGUE

DIVISION ONE

Sudbury 1 St Ives 6

Sudbury suffered another defeat in their quest to retain their East Men’s League Division One status, which looks increasingly precarious.

Facing opponents who were relegated from the second tier of East Hockey, the red and whites were convincingly beaten by a well-drilled and energetic opposition who boasted ex-National League player Simon Shorter in the middle of the park.

Goalkeeper Chris Smith made a string of fine saves throughout the match, but the home side created opportunities of their own.

Leigh Bevan’s strike was saved and a lightning counter-attack saw Alex Tarrant breach the circle, but squaring the ball rather tha taking a shot meant the chance was lost.

The away team’s pressure told and at the interval the visitors were two goals to the good.

The visitors scored four more goals after the interval before Adam Bullock bagged a consolation goal for Sudbury from a slick penalty corner routine.