Sudbury celebrate comfortable derby win

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EAST MEN’S LEAGUE

DIVISION TWO NORTH

Bury St Edmunds 0

Sudbury 5

What is usually a fierce local derby ended in a comfortable win for Sudbury, who took an early lead though Alex Hunnable slotting a solid reverse stick shot.

Shortly after Sudbury won a penalty flick after Dan Birch’s shot hit a defender on the line, coolly converted by Adam Bullock.

This spurred Bury on, and they won six penalty corners in a row. With some great defending from George Apter, Alfie Lawrence and Sam Humphreys along with Dan McGuinness blocking some blisteringly fast drag flicks Bury failed to convert.

Sudbury finished the half 3-0 up knowing they would have to work hard to retain the lead. With another strong attacking performance from Dan Birch and Will Chrystal they added two more goals, but after Brendon Mayers had been sent off after an altercation with an opposition player and Birch also receiving a yellow card for physical tackling, Sudbury had to work hard for the last 10 minutes to preserve their clean sheet.

Sudbury Ladies beat Harpenden 2-1 in East Women’s League Division Two C, getting off to a good start when Kirsty Batch made a run, and her cross set up Chloe Hunnable to fire home through the keeper’s legs from the top of the D.

Sudbury continued to work hard with great play from Alison Smith, player of the match Gemma Jones, Abbi Taylor and Tracey Caddock making runs. A superb pass from Jones found Becky Spencer unmarked in the D, who slotted the ball into the bottom left corner.

Emma Stephens, Mandy Coleman and Ellen Seeley, were composed in defence throughout. Sudbury were unbable to add to their tally in the second half, Harpenden pulling one back after Anderson had saved the initial shot.

Sudbury II drew 3-3 at Felixstowe in East Men’s League Division Three North East, Charlie Apter setting up Leigh Bevan for a tap-in. The home side hit back with two goals, but Sudbury were level before the interval, Bevan playing in Ben Clark who scored a splendid goal with a lifted slap around a diving keeper.

The second half started slowly, but a break by Felixstowe saw them back in front. Some good link up play from Sudbury saw Bevan collect the ball and equalise, for a much-needed and well-deserved point.

Sudbury Ladies III, bottom of the Suffolk Premier Division, travelled with just nine players and were beaten 2-1 at leaders Felixstowe. But a determined display saw them take the lead in the first half, Lily Chiang slotting home a short corner and Sudbury celebrated being ahead for the first time this season.

Felixstowe levelled, and Sudbury hit further problems when keeper Peggy Bridges was taken out of the game injured. Tor Apter stepped in as kicking back, but despite outstanding defending from Becka Morris, Hannah Treagust, Rebecca Taylor and Apter Felixstowe found a winner.

Sudbury IV were 5-1 winners at Norwich Dragons in East Men’s League Division Seven North East, scoring four goals in the second half. They took the lead, the Dragons hitting back to level before the interval. Goals from Gardiner, Wickham, and a dazzling hat-trick from Ward ensured a hard-fought win.