Sudbury rally in the second half to clinch all the points

CLOSE CONTROL: A Sudbury player keeps the ball away from his marker during Saturday's away-day derby win
CLOSE CONTROL: A Sudbury player keeps the ball away from his marker during Saturday's away-day derby win

EAST MEN’S LEAGUE

DIVISION TWO NORTH

Bury St Edmunds 1

Sudbury 2

Sudbury came from behind to get the better of local rivals Bury St Edmunds in an action-packed derby to move clear of the bottom three.

Sudbury enjoyed a higher percentage of ball possession throughout the first half, but were found wanting with the final pass, despite the boundless efforts of the strikeforce of Leigh Bevan, Charlie Apter and Brendon Mayers.

Bury broke the deadlock with a counter-attacking goal after a Sudbury short corner broke down.

Undeterred and unfazed, Sudbury rallied and unloaded all they could muster on to the Bury defence but went in at half time 1-0 down.

Sudbury took the game to Bury in the second half and more end-to-end action unfolded to the excitement of the crowd and, with true grit and determination, Apter rewarded the visitors with a superbly-finished reverse-stick goal after some well-worked play by the entire team.

Soon after, Sudbury took the lead from a quick-thinking counter-attacking goal of their own, with great vision from Tim Blackburn and Apter, which led to Alex Tarrant’s calm finish in front of goal.

Bury piled on the pressure for an equaliser, but Sudbury hung on to an important 2-1 win and collected their much-needed three points despite the short corner defence keeping out more than 10 attempts from Bury.

There were notable performances by Chris Smith in goal and Mayers, with Kevin Monk collecting the man-of-the-match award.