EAST WOMEN’S LEAGUE
DIVISION TWO CENTRAL
Sudbury 0 Stevenage 2
Stevenage were able to wear down a Sudbury side who had to play through unseasonably hot conditions with no substitutes available.
With some strong play in the middle by Kirsty Sloan, Alison Smith and Ami Humphreys, the hosts started brightly with several shots on goal being narrowly missed.
Some end-to-end play tested the defence of Katie Clark, Daisy Palmer and Tracey Caddock, who stood up to the test in a goalless first half where Ele Brebner was also called into action to make some excellent saves, despite battling with the sun in her eyes.
Sudbury started the second half with high hopes with some positive runs by Florrie Barber, Freya Dawson, Becky Spencer and Mandy Coleman.
But Stevenage broke through for a one-on-one with Brebner, which was duly converted for 1-0.
Coleman and Sloan used their skills to work the ball into the Stevenage penalty D for a few shots on goal and a couple of short corners, but the Suffolk side were unable to convert their pressure into goals, with another quick breakthrough from Stevenage in the last five minutes of the game securing a 2-0 win.
Sudbury will look to bounce back when they make the relatively short trip to Colchester on Saturday (12.30pm).
Player of the match: Kirsty Sloan.
n Sudbury II put in an impressive performance at top-of-the-table IES only to lose 5-0 in their Suffolk Ladies Premier League encounter.
Even though the game was highly defensive from a Sudbury point-of-view, they still managed to attack the Ipswich goal and secured two short corners.
The whole of the Sudbury team played brilliant hockey and managed to keep the score line low in the first half.
n Sudbury III are now up to third in Division One after a brace from debutant Spicer and a first-half strike from Warnes saw a depleted side used their high work-rate to over Felixstowe II 3-0 at Great Cornard.