Sudbury men’s hockey: sloppy defending results in draw

ON THE RUN: Sudbury's Matt Hopkins takes on two players during the seconds' 1-1 draw at home to Walsham at Great Cornard
ON THE RUN: Sudbury's Matt Hopkins takes on two players during the seconds' 1-1 draw at home to Walsham at Great Cornard
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EAST MEN’S LEAGUE

DIVISION 3NE

Sudbury II 1

North Walsham 1

After a good win last week, Sudbury were left wondering how they didn’t follow it up with another victory in what looked a tough home match.

Sudbury started the better, but decisions from the umpires resulted in both sets of players getting wound up and frustrated.

Sudbury scored through a straight drive from a short corner routine from Chris Cardy.

Sudbury continued to play well, although some sloppy defending led to North Walsham equalising.

After half-time, Sudbury continued to be the brighter of the two sides.

Will Fisher could have gone down after a badly time challenge from the away keeper, but admirably decided to try to stay on his feet and attempt to score from a tight angle.

The second half was, for the second week running, a tale of missed chances.

Saturday sees a tough trip to UEA to play Norwich City II, if Sudbury play like they did this week then they can hope to get something from the game.

DIVISION 4NE

Sudbury III 0

Bury St Edmunds II 4

Sudbury were unable to break a poor run against their local nemesis, who began sitting fourth in the league.

During a fairly even first half Bury took the lead from a short corner, a well struck ball took a double deflection off keeper Paul King in to right-back Will Edwards’ ribs and dribbled over the line.

After half-time Sudbury stuck to their passing game which granted Dan Belly some very useful forays forward but they couldn’t convert and Bury got a second from a short corner and then two more goals near the end.

On reflection, the score did not reflect the percentage of possession or some useful Sudbury spells, however, seizing scoring opportunities will be an early lesson as the season’s midpoint approaches.

DIVISION 6NE

Norfolk Nomads 6

Sudbury IV 3

Sudbury had high hopes in this away game but despite the early exchanges going their way, with an early goal from Nick Gooderham, they were outscored.

The visiting team were punished for pushing up too high and losing their shape, allowing Nomads to strike back with three before the break.

The second half began with two quick goals to Sudbury, one from Geoff Gardiner and the other a rarity by left-back Matt Baker, bringing the scores level early in the second half.

But the Nomads, who had no more of the play than Sudbury, had a couple of class players and some good strikers who helped them turn the tide with another three goals.

UNDER-14s

ENGLAND DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE

Old Loughtonians 0

Sudbury 1

Sudbury continued their strong start in the league with a second win.

The sides were evenly matched with good defending from Sudbury’s Alfie Lawrence and Xavy Bull while midfielders Ben Aplleby and the tenacious Freddie Flowers kept the ball available.

A right-sided attack led to Ben Clark’s fierce cross into the old Loughts circle, which was met by Callum Rolfe who rounded his marker to slap home Sudbury’s winning goal.

Old Loughts tried hard to mount their own fightback and broke through more than once to call on keeper Sam Smith to make some impressive diving saves.