Hard-fought win as ladies keep grip on pole position

HOCKEY - Sudbury Mens II v North Norfolk ANL-151018-184545009
HOCKEY - Sudbury Mens II v North Norfolk ANL-151018-184545009

Sudbury come out top in five-goal thriller at Great Cornard Sports Centre on Saturday

DIVISION 2C

Sudbury Ladies 3

St Albans Ladies 2

Sudbury Ladies preserved their place at the top of the league with a hard-fought 3-2 win at home to St Albans at the weekend.

Becky Spencer started the scoring by receiving a reverse stick cross from Chloe Hunnable right in front of goal, and confidently tapped it past the goalkeeper to make it 1-0 to the Suffolk hosts.

St Albans put the pressure on with some good attacking play, but Sudbury’s strong defence made up of Katie Clark, Mandy Coleman, Ruth Warnes and Lizzie Anderson in goal kept them out.

Sudbury doubled their lead when Hunnable took on the visiting defence and finished her run with a powerful reverse stick, which went past the keeper into the bottom right corner.

Early in the second-half St Albans hit back with two goals to tie the game at 2-2, before the young duo of Freya Dawson and Ellie Street each showed off their talent for the home side as they pushed for a late winner.

And Sudbury’s winning goal was scored inside the last 10 minutes, as Kirsty Batch found the target to put the hosts 3-2 up and earn herself player of the match for scoring the winner.

n Sudbury Ladies II came from behind to share the points in a 1-1 draw with Felixstowe on Saturday.

After conceding an early goal, Sudbury fought back and their numerous attacks were rewarded when Maria Risley scored an amazing goal, which was assisted by Felicity Coulson to ensure a share of the spoils for the hosts.

n Sudbury Men’s I also produced a comeback at the weekend, as they ran out 3-1 winners over UEA having trailed 1-0 earlier on.

A sterling effort by the Sudbury defence and goalkeeper managed to keep them just 1-0 behind at half-time, and they then looked a completely different team in the second-half as they scored three goals without reply.

Sam Palmer drew Sudbury level with a great strike from the top of the D, before Will Chrystal and Alex Hunnable finished off to well-worked team goals to give their side a 3-1 victory.

n Sudbury Men’s II slipped to a narrow 3-2 defeat to North Norfolk at the weekend, in a game which saw both sides spend time in front.

After a bright start Sudbury opened the scoring, before Norfolk replied by taking advantage of a Sudbury yellow card and subsequently took a 2-1 lead.

With five minutes remaining Sudbury finally converted one of several short corners to draw level, but were then caught on the break by Norfolk to end up on the wrong side of a 3-2 scoreline.

n Sudbury Men’s IV thrashed Bury St Edmunds VI 7-0, with Alastair Ward scoring four of them in an emphatic win.

Birthday boy Ben Appleby supported Angus Marlow in the Sudbury attack and popped up with a brace of goals, while young keeper Joe Robson did not even touch the ball because of how one-sided the contest was.

Sudbury raced into a 3-0 lead at half-time but found it more difficult to break down the visitors in the second-half, until Bury’s numerical disadvantage was capitalised on to finish as comfortable 7-0 winners.