Leaders knocked off summit in clash of the top two

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Sudbury failed to display the necessary desire and cohesion needed for success against a strong Crostyx side in a East Women’s League Division 2C top-of-the-table clash in north east London.

The sides were only separated on goal difference going into the game and leaders Sudbury’s causes was not helped when minutes into the game striker Collette Cottrell was lost to a nasty head injury which saw her receive stitches and take no further part.

To compound their woes, Sudbury also lost Florrie Barber to a recurring hand injury, leaving them with no substitutes and fewer tactical options.

Crostyx are a well-drilled side who confidently move the ball around, building play and part way through the first half they worked the ball to find a gap for a fierce shot from the top of the circle for their first goal.

Sudbury needed to wake up and responded with more passing play and possession from Hayley Spooner, Ami Humphreys, Abi Taylor and Tracey Caddock.

But they were only able to produce attacks on the break, leaving the forwards isolated and unable to really test the accomplished home defence.

Player-of-the-match Alison Smith worked tirelessly to win the ball for Sudbury and break up Crostyx’s possession.

The home side continued to press the Sudbury defence of Charlie Devlin, Katie Clark, Mandy Coleman and Emma Baker and goalkeeper Ele Brebner made some crucial saves to keep the score at 1-0 going into half-time.

Crostyx added to their tally in the second half when a cross into the circle was slotted home by a free attacker.

Sudbury did create more chances in the second half with Casey Humphreys going close, but were unable to score the necessary goals as they had in previous weeks.

They conceded a final third goal from a well-worked short corner routine.

Sudbury need to reflect on their performance and improve if they want to resume their winning run.

n Sudbury III were thrashed 7-1 against a strong Ipswich side, with the visitors 5-0 ahead by half-time.

Sudbury’s stand-in goalkeeper Lizzie Anderson and Harriet North were resilient in defence, despite being under constant pressure, both making some great saves to prevent the scoreline increasing further.

Stacey Kimsley cooly converted her first senior goal with Anderson awarded player of the match.