EAST MEN’S LEAGUE
IES 2 Sudbury II 1
Sudbury kicked off the new year in disappointing fashion as they slipped to a narrow defeat away at Ipswich-East Suffolk (IES).
Sudbury got off to a strong start, pressing well and spending most of the first period in the opposition half of the pitch.
The visitors had plenty of chances in and around the Ipswich East Suffolk D, but failed to find a breakthrough.
During that spell IES were temporarily reduced to 10 men when one of their players received a yellow card.
However, despite their numerical disadvantage, the hosts rallied and managed to score two goals in quick succession to give themselves a commanding lead going into the break.
The second half started at a blistering pace, with Sudbury winning the ball back quickly from an IES push back, which led to an early second-half goal for Sudbury, scored by Sam Palmer.
The half quickly settled down and it was a very even half until the last 10 minutes when Sudbury pushed had for an equaliser, with several chances wasted, the best of which saw defender Will Edwards put the ball over the bar from all of five yards as the home side held on for victory.
n There was further disappointment for the club as Sudbury IV suffered a heavy 6-0 defeat to table-topping Bury V in Division Six North East.
Sudbury welcomed Chris Cook back into the side and he and Alastair Ward controlled the midfield, but the hosts lacked a cutting edge up front.
And they were left to rue their lack of firepower as Bury took a single-goal lead into half-time.
Despite starting the second half with renewed confidence, Sudbury failed to find a way back into the encounter as Bury exploited the defensive frailties to add a further five goal without reply and wrap up proceedings.
n There was better joy for Sudbury Ladies II as they secured a narrow 1-0 victory over Bury St Edmunds Ladies III in the Suffolk Premier Division.
Sudbury dominated the first half of the match with Josie Partridge and Meg Hopkins working tirelessly in midfield, giving the forwards numerous opportunities.
And from one such chance, Sudbury broke the deadlock as Jess Frank received a pass from Liz Spencer before firing a shot past the Bury goalkeeper.
Lizzie Anderson made a number of crucial saves and Sudbury’s defence battled numerous short corners with Partridge saving a goal on the line as Sudbury held on for the three points.