EAST MEN’S LEAGUE
Sudbury II 2
Harleston Magpies IV 1
This was an excellent victory when the team needed it most, although this must-win game got off to an edgy start with an early goal from Magpies.
But a motivated Sudbury produced some excellent play, and a fine ball from Ben Clark led to a perfect deflection from Adam Tozer, the first of his two important goals.
The winner came from a short corner drag flicked by Tozer in a game that continued to be nail-biting right to the end.
n Sudbury Ladies were beaten 3-0 at St Albans in the East Women’s League Division 2C in the wind, rain and sleet. The confident hosts pressured Sudbury from the start, and went in 3-0 ahead at half-time.
Sudbury started the second half on the back foot, with St Albans winning several short corners. But the defence held out, and Sudbury were able to produce some short corners of their own, without reward.
n Sudbury III travelled to King’s Lynn in Division Five North East, with just nine players and no goalkeeper, but a determined display saw them beat Pelicans IV 6-5, with hat-tricks from Matt Hopkins and Simon Hardingham.
Hopkins opened the scoring, and opportunities kept coming as Sudbury explored the width regularly finding forwards Callum Rolfe and Hardingham.
It was 3-3 at half-time,and in the second half kicking back Andrew Bryce pushed forward, Sudbury going 6-3 up. Pelicans were far from finished and fought back to 6-5. Tired legs ignored, Sudbury battled to the end for a fine win.
n Sudbury IV packed the midfield at Norwich Dragons V in Division Six North East, but the hosts fielded two players who were several cuts above anyone else, and they dominated this hailstorm-affected match to win 3-0.
Sudbury’s attack fed off scraps, but Sam Martin ran well, and Dragons’ keeper twice produced excellent stops to deny James Ward.
There were energetic performances from Angus Marlow, Alastair Ward and Roy Humphreys in midfield.
In defence, keeper Stuart Clark kept the score respectable and Sam Clements and Peter Thorogood did well, but against two players who could walk through whenever they wanted, life was difficult.