Big derby win for struggling ladies

CLOSE CALL: Players scramble for the ball in Sudbury III's 1-1 draw with Bury St Edmunds III
CLOSE CALL: Players scramble for the ball in Sudbury III's 1-1 draw with Bury St Edmunds III



Sudbury 3 Colchester 1

Sudbury went into this match confident they could get at least a point from mid-table Colchester and kept their heads despite going a goal down in the opening minutes.

The early goal spurred Sudbury on and some strong play from across the pitch saw Sudbury attack well down the right-hand side with some good linking play from Daisy Palmer, captain Ami Humphreys and player-of-the-match Abbi Taylor.

Sudbury were awarded a short corner and a well struck ball by Collette Cottrell was saved by the Colchester keeper with Taylor clearing up and bringing the scores level.

The hosts started strong in the second half with great defending and some brilliant saves off the line by Mandy Coleman.

Colchester kept the attacks coming and were awarded a penalty flick which was fantastically saved by Lizzie Anderson.

Sudbury’s second goal came from an attack up the left with some great running from Becky Younger, who linked well with Tracey Caddock.

Sudbury were awarded a free hit outside the 25 yard box and Younger found Gemma Jones in the ‘D’ who confidently slotted the ball home.

Sudbury continued to dominate with good link-up play upfront between Cottrell, Casey Humphreys and newcomer Ali Partridge.

They continued to attack the Colchester D and the third goal came from a brilliant strike by Cottrell.

This was a great team effort from Sudbury who will hope to continue this form for the last remaining matches as the second from bottom side look to avoid relegation.



Bury St Edmunds III 1

Sudbury III 1

Sudbury were unable to meet their goal of snatching back second place in the league from Bury after playing out a 1-1 draw at their rivals.

A squad of 14 travelled to Culford and started off their game cautiously.

Despite a succession of short corners it was a shot on goal from open play by Liz Spencer that was deflected from a Bury defender that put the visitors ahead.

The lead was short lived though as Bury equalised, again from open play, just before the half-time whistle.

Sudbury responded and clearly stepped up their game and created some good chances, with good play from player-of-the-match Alison Smith.

Bury did likewise but keeper Peggy Bridges made some magnificent saves throughout the game to keep the visitors level with their opposition.