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Sudbury survive relegation in last-day nailbiter

DOWN BUT NOT OUT: Sudbury Men III avoided relegation in Division Five North East, despite ending their season with a 3-1 home defeat to the University of East Anglia

DOWN BUT NOT OUT: Sudbury Men III avoided relegation in Division Five North East, despite ending their season with a 3-1 home defeat to the University of East Anglia

EAST MEN’S

HOCKEY LEAGUE

DIVISION TWO NORTH

Sudbury 4 Norwich City 3

Sudbury retained their 
Division Two status with a hard-fought home victory in their final game which saw a few nervous moments.

The home side struggled to settle in the early stages and the visitors struck two early goals from broken down play in the penalty D.

Sudbury finally dragged themselves into the game as the irrepressible Nick Keefe used all his experience in the centre of the pitch and the front pairing of Leigh Bevan and Sam Renshaw began to open up the City defence.

Chris Clubb became provider for the breakthrough, rampaging down the wing before feeding top scorer Bevan, who calmly struck home.

Before half-time the scores were level when Keefe picked up the rebound from his short corner strike and calmly slotted past the keeper.

Bevan and Renshaw scored in quick succession to provide some breathing space.

With Kevin Monk playing his final game at centre-back alongside Will Dudley, the home defence stood firm with Seth Philbedge and Sam Humphreys at full-back putting in solid shifts.

With the clock running down, the visitors scored another scrappy goal and an equaliser would have doomed Sudbury to relegation, with a disallowed effort seeing a huge sigh of relief among the home players.

Skipper Adam Bullock added his thanks to everyone who has supported the team.

n Sudbury men’s veterans 
side are through to the 
semi-final of the England Hockey Over 40 Shield after a 10-1 win at Waltham Forest.

After Waltham surprisingly took the lead, goals began to flow for the visitors as Geoff Gardiner and ex-goalkeepers Paul King and Tony Coleman, playing on pitch as Sudbury were short, were all on target.

Further goals followed from Nick Keefe (two), King, Paul Rolfe and Simon Cardy, Stuart Steele and Jason Kondrath.

They will face another unknown away fixture, against Aldlerley Edge in the north west.

 

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