DIVISION ONE SOUTH
Sudbury Ladies 2
Canterbury Ladies II 3
Sudbury Ladies began their new season in a higher league with a narrow 3-2 defeat at home to Canterbury II last weekend.
After gaining promotion at the end of last season, Sudbury knew they would have to work hard against new opposition in East Women’s Hockey League Division One South.
Sudbury faced Canterbury II in their first match of the season at home, and with lots of supporters and a big squad the hosts started the game at a fast pace.
The team settled into their new formation quickly and some strong attacking play opened up many chances in the first half.
Unfortunately, Sudbury were unable to put any goals past a very strong Canterbury keeper, and the home side went into half-time 1-0 down from a lucky short corner routine from the visitors.
Determined to fight back, Sudbury came out into the second half ready to build on their strong team performance and not let Canterbury leave with a win.
Following a short corner, Chloe Hunnable was able to slot the first goal away which gave the hosts the confidence boost they needed.
Canterbury broke through to go 3-1 up, before a brilliant shot from Becky Spencer saw Sudbury finish the game just 3-2 behind.
n Sudbury Ladies’ II began their new Suffolk Ladies League Premier Division campaign with a 5-0 reverse at home to Harwich and Dovercourt on Saturday.
Despite Sudbury starting well and creating several attacking opportunities, it was Harwich who opened the scoring with a quick break through the middle.
The visitors stretched their lead to 3-0 with two goals of a similar fashion just before half-time.
After the interval, Sudbury continued to have much of the possession but could not get the reward they deserved.
Harwich added two more goals resulting in a scoreline which did not reflect the play.
n In East Men’s Hockey League Division Three North East, Sudbury Men’s II opened their campaign with a 4-2 defeat away to Ipswich II at the weekend.
Sudbury went into their first league game of the season with high hopes, and went ahead courtesy of a Leigh Bevan thunderbolt strike from a short corner.
Chris Warnes was left overexposed all too frequently and kept Ipswich out with four outstanding saves.
But he was helpless to prevent Ipswich equalising when outnumbered by three forwards. Sudbury regained the lead when Freddie Flowers hammered home from a short corner.
Ipswich dominated large parts of the second half and penetrated Sudbury’s defence almost at will.
The hosts levelled within 10 minutes of the restart before going ahead from a penalty stroke.
A freak reverse hit lobbed up and into the far corner to complete a 4-2 win for Ipswich.
n Sudbury Men’s IV saw their Division Six North East campaign start with a 7-2 defeat away at Felixstowe III.
The team were rocked with bad news on the morning of the game when their goalkeeper pulled out through illness, and plans were further thwarted by traffic.
Sudbury made the decision to play with a kicking back, as Felixstowe pushed from early on, with the frustrated visitors receiving two green cards.
Sudbury battled hard and were the better team for 10 minutes either side of the break, but ultimately having no keeper made a difference.
Sudbury finished up on the wrong end of a 7-2 scoreline, with Steele and Ward scoring their two goals.