EAST WOMEN’S LEAGUE
DIVISION ONE SOUTH
Brom & Becks II 1
Sudbury Ladies picked up their first points of the season, sticking to the game plan from their previous fixture.
Chloe Hunnable scored the first goal from a quick long corner.
Kirsty Batch found Hunnable at the edge of the D, and she drove across the defence to force a shooting opportunity, a powerful reverse stick effort giving the keeper no chance.
The home team started the second half the stronger, finding gaps in the Sudbury press.
This allowed Brom & Becks to sneak in a sloppy goal.
This fired Sudbury back into their game plan, and they once again started to attack well, with player of the match Katie Crace making some excellent runs along the right hand side.
Sudbury once again piled on the pressure, Emma Stephens striking the ball just inside the D and a well-timed deflection from Hunnable claiming their second goal.
n In the East Men’s League Division 6NE, Sudbury IV travelled to Rushmere to take on IES V with a team weakened by the absence of Bill Wickham, who was being assessed for an umpiring course.
The first half was even with chances missed by both teams, but although Sudbury started well, injuries and a sending off in the second half saw them concede four goals.
n Sudbury Ladies III were beaten 5-1 at home by Lowestoft II in the Suffolk Ladies League First Division.
Penny Everett made her debut in the sport, in goal, and was duly awarded player of the match.
Emma Coone’s debut was postponed as she was injured during the warm up, but depleted Sudbury were level at half-time thanks to a goal from Mort.
Lowestoft dominated the second half, and Sudbury’s hard-working defence conceded four more goals.
n Sudbury Under-14 Boys made a strong start to their Suffolk Youth League campaign, with two wins and a draw in the opening session.
After an early goal from Ipswich, Sudbury dug deep and upped the pressure to put the opposition’s defence to the test.
The team worked well together, with accurate passing between the forward line and some excellent play from Max Fraulo and Seb Hembry.
There was also a strong performance from rookie goalkeeper Charlie Carter, who was put to the test several times in his first outing in goal and showed himself more than capable of handling the pressure.
Sudbury were justifiably rewarded with a goal from Tom Cousins in the last few minutes of the match to earn a 1-1 draw.
The team found a new level of assurance with the game against Bury, winning 2-0. The rock-solid defence line-up of James Preedy and Nick Holloway made it almost impossible for the opposition to get a look-in at the goal.
There was a constant onslaught on the Bury goal, led by Bailey Elliott, Max Fraulo and Rowan Bennett, repeatedly lining up opportunities, which once again Tom Cousins was able to capitalise on to deliver his tournament hat-trick.
By the third match against Felixstowe, Sudbury were cool, confident and efficient with Rowan Bennett providing excellent feeds into Ellis Braybrook, who was able to score a hat-trick.
Having set up so much of the play for his team-mates, the final goal of the day was deservedly scored by James Preedy for a 4-1 win. Coach Alistair Ward said: “This was an excellent start to the season for the team. There was not a single weak link and this is a real indication of even better things to come. A great performance.”
n Sudbury Under-12 Boys won all four of their matches in the first round of the Suffolk Youth League, scoring 16 goals and conceding just two, beating Bury St Edmunds A, Felixstowe A, Felixstowe B and IES B.
Samuel Fairs had a fine debut in defence, well supported by William Bettley. Brother Alexander Bettley patrolled the top of the pitch with Farren Kirkham.
William Hodge improves every game and supported the defenders well. Flynn Wagland continues to impress with general awareness and range of skills.
Alexander Ward was solid in goal, with two superb saves in the first game.