UNDER-18s INDOOR HOCKEY SUFFOLK
Sudbury Swarm 9
Ipswich & East Suffolk 2
SUDBURY Swarm under-18 boys – the indoor section of Sudbury Hockey Club – were crowned Suffolk’s Indoor Hockey club champions, after a convincing win over local rivals Ipswich & East Suffolk.
‘The Swarm’ began applying lots of pressure on the visitors from the start and five minutes into the first 20-minute half Sudbury broke through to snatch the lead.
After a fantastic passing and moving routine down the right of the pitch, the ball came to Will Golding who shot into the bottom corner.
It wasn’t long before Sudbury found the back of the net twice more in quick succession – one precise penalty corner drag flick from skipper Charlie Apter, then shortly after a lovely open play goal from super sub Will Fisher.
IES gallantly fought back from their 3-0 deficit to find the net.
New indoor recruit Matt Hopkins scored the Swarm’s fourth goal from his first possession. Despite IES’ efforts, the Swarm defence of Will Dudley and Sam Humphreys stopped anything and everything that came near them.
After creating chance after chance, it wasn’t long before Golding and Fisher both found the net, after two very impressive patches of play.
IES worked hard and controversially scored through a counter-attack, but it was obvious they were getting tired.
Egged on by a noisy, partisan crowd, Apter scoring his second of the match, closely followed by Fisher finishing off for his hat-trick at the far post.
With two minutes left there was time for one more Swarm goal, with a slick move from Will Golding.
This fantastic performance qualifies the team for the next round of the competition, the East of England regional finals at the University of Essex next Sunday.
The winners and runners-up of these finals go through to the England Hockey national finals to be held next year.