EAST MEN’S LEAGUE
A goal in each half saw the visitors to victory despite good performances from youngsters Seth Philbedge, Will Fisher and Isaac Wagland and one of the best team performances of the season.
Key player Alex Tarrant was unavailable for selection, however a rousing speech from the club captain Chris Smith quickly dispelled any negative thoughts from the players’ minds.
During the early stages of the game, Sudbury enjoyed most of the possession, creating several swift passing moves that led to shots on goal.
But due to a number of good saves by the opposition goalkeeper it remained goalless.
Sudbury continued the half in dominant form, but were susceptible on the counter-attack as they tried to push for the opener.
Good defending by the back five made sure most of these counter-attacks were broken down, but after scrappy build-up play Norwich took the lead.
At half-time, Sudbury had been the better team and were disappointed to be behind.
The second half took off where the first had ended with Sudbury dominating once again with more good passing moves, although they lacked the killer instinct and found it hard to create any real chances.
As the half wore on, both teams began to tire which made the game more open and led to Norwich having a greater share of possession.
With this openness and Sudbury pushing for the equaliser, a chance fell to William Dudley as he made a marauding run from the back, beating several players, before a classy one-two with Leigh Bevan put him in on goal, only for him to arrow over from close range.
After a controversial decision saw Brendon Mayers yellow carded, Sudbury conceded only their second penalty corner of the game, which after a good save from Chris Smith, was converted.
n A young Sudbury II side suffered a 4-0 defeat at top-of-the-table North Walsham in Cromer, with all the goals coming in the first half.
The backline of Hodgson, Humphreys, Palmer and Bull all dealt with the pressure well in the second half with goalkeeper Dan McGuinness again shining in goal to give them encouragement going into the weekend.