Sudbury Ladies open the new season in fine fashion

STORMING START: Match action from Sudbury Ladies' emphatic 7-0 victory over Haverhill, which saw them shoot straight to the top of Division Two C
STORMING START: Match action from Sudbury Ladies' emphatic 7-0 victory over Haverhill, which saw them shoot straight to the top of Division Two C
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EAST WOMEN’S LEAGUE

DIVISION TWO C

Sudbury 7

Haverhill 0

Sudbury Ladies got their new Division Two C campaign off to the perfect start with a convincing 7-0 victory away to Haverhill on Saturday.

The hosts started strongly and were rewarded early on when Collette Cottrell broke the deadlock, before captain Ami Humphreys doubled the advantage shortly after, confidently converting from a penalty flick after good play down the right by Daisy Palmer and Abbi Taylor.

Sudbury’s dominance continued and they added a further goal just before half-time when Cottrell grabbed her second of the afternoon.

Haverhill started the second half with renewed vigour, but could not find a way past the dogged defensive line of Lily Chiang, Mandy Coleman, Tracey Caddock and Charlie Devlin, with Ele Brebner also refusing to be beaten in the Sudbury goal.

At the other end, the hosts were proving to be a lot more clinical in front of goal and enjoyed further success with goals from Alison Smith, Cottrell and Taylor.

Despite holding a commanding lead, Sudbury refused to rest on their laurels and scored a final goal right on the full-time whistle as Devlin was rewarded for her player-of-the-match performance.

n Elsewhere, there was an all-Sudbury encounter in the Suffolk Ladies League Premier Division, as the ladies’ second team narrowly overcame the newly-promoted third team 1-0.

In a well-contested affair, Bernice Corney grabbed the decisive goal towards the end of the first-half with a well-taken strike.

The second half saw the third team respond superbly, creating several good opportunities without being able to find a breakthrough as the seconds held on for the narrowest of wins.