Vets into national quarter finals after pulsating duel

Hockey - Sudbury Ladies 2nds (red & white) v Framlingham 2nds
Hockey - Sudbury Ladies 2nds (red & white) v Framlingham 2nds

Sudbury Veterans won through to the last eight of the England Hockey Masters Shield on sudden death penalty strokes after an action-packed 3-3 draw with Ipswich East Suffolk.

Nick Keefe opened the scoring from a penalty corner for the hosts after good work from Alasdair Ward and Stuart Steel up front.

Ipswich East Suffolk (IES) probed predominantly down their right flank, but Roy Humphreys, Mark Dudley and Robin Mitchell snuffed out most raids until IES eventually found an equaliser.

Sudbury led twice more through Jason Kondrath and Keefe, but IES levelled on each occasion to take the match to penalty strokes.

After goalkeeper King made a fine save with the scores locked at 5-5 in the shootout, Keefe struck the winning penalty.

n Sudbury Girls Under-14s moved a step closer to the next round of the national cup after edging out Norwich City.

Katie Crace swept the ball across the circle and Chloe Redgrove slotted it into the back of the net to open the scoring for Sudbury.

Goalkeeper Daisy Gemmel made a couple of outstanding saves, which prevented Norwich from equalising, and Crace teed up Redgrove again to secure the girls’ victory.

Sudbury: Georgie Cardozo, Katie Crace, Daisy Gemmel, Abby Henderson, Ellie Langford, Charlie O’Callaghan, Molly Redgrove, Chloe Redgrove, Lottie Riley, Millie Salter, Rebecca Taylor, Maddie Wagland and Susie Wright.

n Sudbury Ladies III slipped to a 4-0 defeat at Ipswich III in Suffolk Ladies’ League Premier Division.

Despite being severely under pressure during the first half, Sudbury’s defence of Harriet North, Tracey Clarke and Molly Redgrove worked hard alongside goalkeeper Peggy Bridges.

Sudbury also created their own chances through positive play from Chloe Redgrove, Susie Wright and Maddie Wagland, all playing their first senior game.

Ipswich were clearly frustrated at half-time and piled on the pressure in the second half, adding three further goals.