Sudbury’s second-half slip gifts game to opposition

ATTACK: Action from Sudbury Ladies II's thrilling 5-5 derby draw at Bury St Edmunds on Saturday
ATTACK: Action from Sudbury Ladies II's thrilling 5-5 derby draw at Bury St Edmunds on Saturday
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EAST WOMEN’S LEAGUE

DIVISION ONE SOUTH

Bromley & Beckenham II 2 Sudbury 1

In a high-tempo match, Sudbury went into the break in the lead before losing their form in the second half to gift the game to Bromley.

Sudbury began by opening up the pitch for some fast attacking breaks up the flanks and Ami Humphreys had several battles up the right-hand side, working to feed the forward line.

The first goal came early in the first half by a ball fed from Kirsty Sloan from the centre of the pitch to Katy Clarke, who was waiting near the top of the attacking circle.

Clark dodged the Bromley defender and took a shot at goal, Casey Humphreys making sure the ball went in.

Although 1-0 up, the travelling side still had danger to deal with.

The hosts made a rare break through the Sudbury defence which diving keeper Lizzie Anderson easily saved.

Bromley went for the loose ball but Mandy Coleman calmly stopped it inches from the goal and cleared it from the agitated opposition players.

Half-time was a welcome relief for an under-pressure Sudbury.

The second half saw what was a strong Sudbury side change to a hesitant, unsure team.

Passes began going astray with the home team taking full advantage and Bromley managed to convert a well drilled routine to bring the score to 1-1.

Panic set in with Sudbury and the momentum was lost as Bromley took the lead.

A frustrated Sudbury went all out to retrieve something from this gruelling game but despite numerous attacks and penalty corners, they could not get past the keeper.

Joint players-of-the-match were Kirsty Sloan and Tracey Caddock.

EAST MEN’S LEAGUE

DIVISION 6NE

Sudbury IV 0 Norwich City VI 8
Sudbury suffered a heavy defeat in a match that saw both sides short of regular players.

Norwich had only 10 men, however, they made the best of the day in taking three points and a substantial increase in their league goal tally. 

Sudbury could easily have refused the fixture due to regulars being unavailable but instead took the opportunity to field new seniors and promote juniors, demonstrating the depth of support the club has.

The Sudbury players showed a commendably positive approach in this difficult fixture and there was not a murmur of desperation, only cheerfulness, confidence, and faith.