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SUFFOLK LADIES LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION: Sudbury II 5 Ipswich IV 1

Sudbury Ladies maintained their unbeaten home record in the Premier Division with an emphatic 5-1 success over Ipswich Ladies IV.

The visitors shocked Sudbury by fielding 11 outfield players from the start of the match and the unusual strategy saw the home side struggle initially to defend against the extra player.

And that pressure finally told as Ipswich broke the deadlock from a short corner routine to take a slender 1-0 lead into the interval.

The setback appeared to galvanise Sudbury, who came out all guns blazing after the break, going on the offensive immediately after the restart.

And they were rewarded for their endeavours shortly after as Tor Apter converted a short corner to level.

The equaliser triggered a capitulation from the visitors as the floodgates opnened with Mishka Mayers firing in a shot from the top of the D to put Sudbury ahead.

That momentum continued with the home side as Georgia Cottrell pounced on a loose ball to add a third before Lily Chiang capped off her last game Sudbury with a fine solo effort through the defence.

And victory was wrapped up as Anna Cooper intercepted a stray Ipswich pass and ran through to fire home.

* There was further success for the club as Sudbury III stayed top of Division One after cruising to a comfortable 5-0 rout over basement side Felixstowe III.

Sudbury looked to immediately stamp their authority on proceedings and, after creating a host of chances, they raced into a two-goal lead courtesy of a quickfire double from the clinical Stacey Howlett.

The pressure was maintained and a further goal was added before the break as Liz Spencer fired home.

Felixstowe responded well to the setback and created several opportunities, but the home defence stood firm to keep their advantage intact at half-time.

After the break the well-
organized forward line swarmed relentlessly around the Felixstowe goal producing two more goals from 
Daisy Partridge and Olivia May.

Felixstowe refused to give up and made several forays into Sudbury’s half, but they were denied by Harriet North playing at sweeper and right back Olivia Hill who channelled away the attackers as goalkeeper Peg Bridges earned a clean sheet.