EAST MEN’S LEAGUE
Sudbury 2 Ipswich II 1
A stirring and inspirational pre-game speech by Chris Smith did the trick as Sudbury bounced back from last week’s disappointing defeat.
Ipswich resisted the attacking plays Sudbury produced with goal attempts proving fruitless early on.
But when an individual attack from Brendon Mayers into the opposition D was thwarted by an Ipswich defender’s foot, the umpires awarded Sudbury their first penalty corner of the game.
The resulting goal attempt was impeded by Ipswich and, after a change of routine, good interplay between Mayers and Leigh Bevan led the latter to finish for a 1-0 half-time lead.
Sudbury started the second half soaking up pressure well, but with less possession they struggled to find many attempts at goal.
An Ipswich attack quashed once again, a break-away attack was gifted to Sudbury.
Excellent play between Chris Clubb and Alex Tarrant granted a pass to the awaiting Bevan in the opposition D when a rash defensive move from Ipswich was deemed a foul and a penalty flick was awarded.
Kevin Monk’s vast experience was too great for the visitors’ goalkeeper, firing home a further goal for the home side.
With only 10 minutes of play remaining, Ipswich turned up their attacking advances and only a defending error from Sudbury granted the visitors a penalty corner, which they duly scored with a deflected strike into the home sides net.
n A string of fine saves from Charlie McGuinness kept Sudbury IV’s hopes alive at a mainly veteran IES V side, but could not stop them going down to a 4-2 defeat in Division Seven North East.
Sudbury’s goals both came from Jason Konrath, showing his usual energy all over the pitch.
n A deflected Ollie Burns strike helped secure a deserved 5-5 draw for Sudbury’s under-14 side at Colchester in the England Hockey Development League.
Angus Marlow and Ben Clark both levelled early on and Xavier Bull brought the score back to 4-3 before Clark added his second for 5-4 and Burns’ equaliser.