Sudbury Ladfies hockey: Debatable decisions mean points shared

ALL TOGETHER: Sudbury III: (Back row, from left): Sarah Wordley, Liz Spencer, Harriet North, Olivia Hill, Celia Westbrook, Lily Chiang, Sally Stephens. Front row: Georgia Cottrell, Emily White, Peggy Bridges, Jessica Wright, Lissa Dunne
ALL TOGETHER: Sudbury III: (Back row, from left): Sarah Wordley, Liz Spencer, Harriet North, Olivia Hill, Celia Westbrook, Lily Chiang, Sally Stephens. Front row: Georgia Cottrell, Emily White, Peggy Bridges, Jessica Wright, Lissa Dunne
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EAST WOMEN’S LEAGUE

DIVISION ONE SOUTH

Colchester 2 Sudbury 2

With a fantastic win last week under their belts, Sudbury were earned a hard-fought draw at rivals Colchester.

Sudbury piled the pressure on early with some great runs up the right-hand side of the pitch with Hayley Spooner, Abbi Taylor and Casey Humphreys all linking well and winning several short corners.

After some sloppy defending, Kirsty Sloan was able to neatly flick the ball over the keeper.

The goal magnified Sudbury’s fight even further and with yet more great linking play it was not long before player-of-the-match Taylor set Humphreys up for a second goal.

As the second half started, Colchester received some debatable decisions by the umpires and were able to claw back two goals to even the score.

Some great runs by the midfield meant Mandy Coleman was one-on-one with Colchester’s keeper, who fouled her and Sudbury were rewarded with a penalty flick.

Captain Ami Humphreys stepped up to take the flick, but the Colchester goalkeeper saved it.

Some quality defending by Katie Clark, Hayley Spooner, Daisy Palmer and Ruth Warnes kept ever advancing Essex side at bay and, as the final whistle blew, Sudbury were pleased to take away a point.

SUFFOLK WOMEN’S LEAGUE

PREMIER DIVISION

Sudbury III 3 Ipswich V 2

Sudbury III came out on top in a five-goal thirller at home to Ipswich V.

The match started brightly with Sally Stephens scoring Sudbury’s first goal in the initial three minutes from open play.

Sudbury dominated with some really strong runs, especially from Georgia Cottrell on the right.

A six-yard area scramble saw Ipswich get to the ball first, resulting in a short corner from which Ipswich equalised.

Sudbury fought back and regained the upper hand, ending the first half 2-1 up with a goal from Liz Spencer.

The second half began optimistically, but Ipswich equalised with their second goal in the 52nd minute.

Sudbury were undeterred however, and went on to score their third goal, again courtesy of Spencer, obtaining victory.