Sudbury hockey ladies suffer home defeat

Sudbury 1 Sevenoaks II 3

DIVISION ONE SOUTH

Sudbury 1 Sevenoaks II 3

Sudbury were left pondering what might have been as they suffered a home defeat.

They started brightly, taking the attack to Sevenoaks but were unable to convert a number of early opportunities.

The visitors then struck leaving Sudbury on a familiar backfoot position.

Sudbury were equal to the uphill battle though with captain Ami Humphreys putting in a resilient performance to earn her player-of-the-match.

Sudbury had plenty of short corners, and shots that went close until finally they were rewarded when Alice King, Collette Cottrell and Casey Humphreys combined for Humphreys to give the home team hope of a revival.

As Sudbury pushed forward to increase their goal tally, they were left open to attack themselves and important tackles came from Ruth Warnes and Mandy Coleman, but Sevenoaks broke fast and managed to put themselves back into the game.

The home team had to go for broke, but once again the visitors found more luck in front of goal and virtually killed off Sudbury’s hopes of any points.

SUFFOLK WOMEN’S LEAGUE

PREMIER DIVISION

Felixstowe II 0 Sudbury III 7

It was a fun day out at the seaside for Sudbury as they came away with three points and a hat-trick for Meg Hopkins.

Becky Younger started the goal rush, converting the second short corner in the first few minutes from an acute angle.

Two goals followed in quick succession from Liz Spencer and Emma Stephens.

With the opposition’s first goalkeeper having left with a suspected muscle injury, youngster Hopkins scored a goal either side of half-time.

The game opened up in the second half, to the relief of the Sudbury defence who had been spectators up to that point.

After much perseverance Jessica Wright, another bright young player to join the side, finally scored her first ever goal.

It was player-of-the-match Hopkins who scored the final goal of the game to complete her hat-trick.