Poor defending again costly for Sudbury

Sudbury 2 Cambridge Nomads 7

EAST MEN’S LEAGUE

DIVISION ONE

Sudbury 2

Cambridge Nomads 7

Sudbury fell to their fourth successive defeat and were again undone by a poor start, conceding early goals from poor defending to go into the break four goals behind.

A half-time blast from captain Chris Smith supplied some impetus and the home side were much improved in the second half and drew two goals back, first Bevan with an almost carbon copy of the previous week’s solo effort and then Brendon Mayers finished off a good passing move.

Just as the red and whites appeared to be gaining a foothold in the game, Tim Blackburn pulled up with a hamstring injury.

As the home side pushed forward looking to salvage a point, they were caught on the break and conceded three more times to leave an unbalanced scoreline, which will disappoint Sudbury, but they know there is the potential for much more.

Sudbury travel to Southend on Saturday and know they must perform for 70 minutes to get a result.

DIVISION 3NE

Norwich City III 5

Sudbury II 1

Sudbury’s second XI travelled to UEA with only 11 players and were left feeling hard done by as their unbeaten run came to an end in a 5-1 defeat.

The visitors got off to a bad start, conceding in the first five minutes, but from then on dominated possession with Norwich giving every Sudbury player time and space on the ball.

Some excellent running from Matt Hopkins down the right tore the City defence to shreds on more than one occasion, but Sudbury couldn’t find the equalising goal.

In the second half, Will Fisher did all of the hard work, beating his man and squaring for Matt Hopkins to score a virtually open goal, which he nearly missed.

Norwich scored almost instantly to take a 2-1 lead. Sudbury pushed hard to equalise but this left them open at the back and Norwich managed to score three more times.

Sudbury will aim to put it right against Holt Harlequins at home on Saturday.

DIVISION 4NE

Sudbury III 2

University Of East Anglia II 1

Sudbury finally achieved the win they have deserved this season.

The thirds are building a good blend of youth and experience this season, but went down early to a breakaway UEA goal that stand-in goalkeeper Chris Smith could do nothing about.

Sudbury responded straight away but Kevis wasted an open goal after good work from Arthur Wormington from a short corner.

Sudbury started the second half stronger and pulled the scores level when Graeme Ferguson found time at the top of the D to slot a shot into the bottom left of the goal.

Sudbury continued to pile on the pressure and finally a bit of magic came from Wormington as he quickly took a free hit and drove into the D, around a couple of defenders and flicked hard to beat the keeper at his near post.

Sudbury will be happy to get their season started and will look forward to travelling to Felixstowe on Saturday.

DIVISION 6NE

Sudbury IV 1

Bury St Edmunds V 8

International age group players in the Bury vets team had too much class for Sudbury.

The third quarter of the game showed what might have been, with Sudbury worrying Bury by short passing and running off the ball, and Dan Belli notched his second goal of the season with a fine determined run having picked up a good pass out of defence by man-of-the-match Dan Birch.

For the rest of the match, Sudbury forgot how they had been told to play.

Long balls out of defence were easily cut out by the experienced Bury side, and a Sudbury player getting possession was the signal for the rest to scatter instead of giving support while keeper Sam Smith was left woefully exposed.

Sudbury have the players to win games in this league, but without full-time concentration on their jobs they will not do so.