Ladies get their bid to beat the drop started
EAST WOMEN’S LEAGUE
DIVISION ONE SOUTH
Wapping II 1
Sudbury Ladies I gave their bid to beat the drop the impetus it needed after ending a six-game losing streak with a 3-1 win at Wapping II on Saturday.
With the talented Hannah Treagust welcomed into the squad but trying a new formation, Sudbury struggled to find any rhythm and conceded the first goal.
A short corner strike by player-of-the-match Kirsty Batch sparked them into life though and at the next short corner, Batch found the back of the net. Another short corner to the visitors brought a further goal. Chloe Hunnable’s strike caused mayhem and from the ensuing goalmouth scramble between Ellie Colton, the Wapping keeper and Becky Spencer, it crossed the line after a deflection from Spencer.
Sudbury, who were in the bottom two having not won since November, started the stronger in the second period before Wapping were given a string of short corners.
But the defensive line of Ami Humphreys, Hayley Spooner, Katie Clark, Lizzie Anderson and Hunnable stopped any goals going in.
The points were effectively safe when Hunnable intercepted the ball and embarked on a strong drive into the Wapping penalty D, striking the ball into the top right corner.
Second-from-bottom Sudbury are now just two points from Saffron Walden I, the team above them, having played an extra match.
The side have a rearranged fixture, following January 14’s postponed home game against Sevenoaks II, at Great Cornard Astro-Turf on Saturday (12.30pm) where they will look to build on the weekend’s win.
n In the Suffolk Ladies League Premier Division, Sudbury Ladies II’s match at Castaways was postponed.
n In Division One, Sudbury Ladies III are now third but on equal points with second-placed Felixstowe II after 3-1 away to league toppers Lowestoft II.
The home team slotted in two goals in the early exchanges. Sudbury held the game at 2-0 well into the second half and were denied opportunities to score from the home side.
When the home score nudged up to 3-0, Liz Spencer’s response goal from open play was a boost to everyone.
Player of the match was Annie Yates.
n Sudbury Men’s IV came away from Ipswich IV with a 2-1 victory in East Men’s League Division Six North East, but that was mainly down to the excellent work of Andy Stopps in their goal.
Charlie Wright’s fine finish put the visitors ahead before their second arrived when, following a series of short corners, a clever move saw captain Alistair Ward fed the ball and he fired in.
n The East Hockey League has a slip week with no planned fixtures this weekend, but some sides are using the opportunity to get January’s postponed fixtures played (see below).