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Ladies on verge of a top-five place after defeating rivals



Sudbury 3 Colchester 1

A dominant display from Sudbury Ladies’ first-team saw them overcome rivals Colchester II to maintain their push for a top-five spot.

With six games to play, the ladies are three points from Welwyn Garden City’s first-team with a game in hand on the side who occupy fifth.

Sudbury came out of the blocks the faster and their pressure was rewarded with a short corner that Abbi Taylor slotted home into the bottom left-hand corner.

Persistent attacking was rewarded further when a cross from Florrie Barber left their opponents’ goalkeeper stranded, giving Freya Dawson the chance to sweep in.

A swift counter-attack led to a short corner, which their reliable captain Amy Humphreys fired home to make it 3-0, before a rare breakaway from the opposition and a helping of good fortune let Colchester score.

Player of the match went to Tracey Caddock for her relentless defending and attacking.

n There was no similar winning feeling for Sudbury II to embrace in the Suffolk Ladies Premier Division, as they lost a tight-fought encounter at home to second-placed Christchurch 1-0.

A loose ball rolled over the line during a short corner though as Christchurch stole three points in what was a very even game.

Player of the match was awarded to Mishka Mayers for her relentless efforts.

n Knowing a win would virtually guarantee they do not get relegated from East Men’s League Three North East, Sudbury II are left holding on after sharing the spoils with Cranes’ first team in a 2-2 draw at Great Cornard.

The hosts had the advantage going into the break courtesy of Tom Stephens’ goal.

Sudbury continued to push in the second half and were rewarded with a second goal from Nick Keefe, after good work from Freddie Flowers.

But Sudbury were unable to hang on to claim victory after having two players yellow carded at the same time.

n There were encouraging signs despite a 5-1 home defeat for Sudbury IV in East Men’s League Division Six North East.

Jonah Beadle and Alastair Ward combined well with Angus Marlow in midfield, and Sam Martin made good runs down the right, but it was the energy of Oli Chapman in his second game for the club which really stood out.

Sudbury lacked experience in defence though.

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