Sudbury hockey men clean the basement

LIFT OFF: Sudbury II took the lead from this move against Pelicans II on Saturday, going on to win 4-3 in Division 3NE.
LIFT OFF: Sudbury II took the lead from this move against Pelicans II on Saturday, going on to win 4-3 in Division 3NE.
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March Town 1 Sudbury 3

DIVISION ONE

March Town 1 Sudbury 3

Facing basement side March Town, Sudbury executed a simple three-point strategy that ensured a comfortable 3-1 win.

That was: Don’t give the ball away, take your chances and don’t muck about in the top of your own penalty D.

Sudbury won a penalty corner early doors and with Leigh Bevan on the sidelines, Nick Keefe stepped up, gave the keeper the eyes and slammed the ball into the bottom corner.

Resorting to standard practice, Edd Burton lost the ball on the 23 metre line and was asked to have a few minutes in the corner as a professional foul ensued.

Sudbury promptly blasted the ball about the pitch and Brendan Mayers put the ball on to his strong side and smashed the ball in at the near post to put the red and whites two up.

The second half was a bit messy to say the least – at times Sudbury couldn’t string one pass together, at others March could have had 15 on the pitch and not touched them.

Sudbury then scored a glorious goal.

Some one-touch passing saw the ball transferred through Burton and Bevan to Adam Bullock, who flicked high into the roof of the goal over the onrushing keeper.

At the other end, Sudbury limited chances, although the home side did score one consolation goal – a break down from a penalty corner strike charged down saw a March player tap in on the unattended back post.

Sudbury will have a sterner test at Great Cornard Sports Centre Astro-Turf against Cambridge City II on Saturday (2.15pm).

City haven’t dropped a point and have scored the most goals and conceded the least.

DIVISION 4NE

Norwich Dragons II 1 Sudbury III 0

Sudbury gave a good account of themselves against in-form opposition in a narrow defeat.

Norwich attacked and pressed with pace and skill but the Sudbury defence, which included the drafted-in Paul King and David Hodges, stood firm.

Matt Kingston, playing a holding roll in midfield, distributed the ball well and made timely tackles to break up the Dragons’ attack.

Hard work all round, particularly in defence from King and Hopps and Kingston meant Sudbury reached half-time on level terms.

Will Edwards and Batchelor-Wylam continued to impress throughout the game and had tough match-ups against skilful and quick wingers.

But in one counter-attack Dragons made the most of a loose ball to put the home team 1-0 up.

Sudbury did not let their heads go and created some very good chances of their own through Martin and Kingston, but it was not to be.