Derby delight as Sudbury display upturn in form with high-tempo showing

Hockey action from Sudbury Ladies II v Grasshoppers.''FL;
Hockey action from Sudbury Ladies II v Grasshoppers.''FL;

Sudbury Ladies hosted Colchester in a local derby and comfortably succeeded in their bid to improve on earlier disappointing results by cruising to a 4-0 victory in East Women’s League Division 2C.

Sudbury started at a high tempo, dominating early play, but were unable to break the deadlock until late in the first half.

Daisy Palmer received the ball from Ami Humphreys deep in Colchester’s half, drove skilfully past the defence and took a strike from top of the D to slot home.

Early in the second half, a quick break from defence saw Sudbury force a penalty corner.

They were able to pass the ball around before Collette Cottrell put them 2-0 ahead.

Sudbury continued the pressure and were rewarded with two more goals, one from a cross by Charlie Devlin, which saw Mandy Coleman flick the ball into the back of the net, and the other a deflection from Casey Humphreys through the keeper’s legs.

Player of the match went to Emma Baker for her strong attack down the right-hand side and her sturdy defending.

n Sudbury II faced Suffolk Premier Division leaders Grasshoppers and got off to a slow start by conceding an early goal.

Grasshoppers were the stronger side and Sudbury were 3-0 down at half-time.

But Sudbury stepped up their game in the second half and Florrie Barber found the backboard to score Sudbury’s first.

Some excellent work up the wing by player-of-the-match Georgia Cottrell gave Maria Risley the opportunity to convert Sudbury’s second.

nSudbury III faced tough Suffolk Premier opposition for the second week running and were beaten 10-0 at Bury II.

During the first half, Sudbury defended magnificently and kept Bury to just a 1-0 lead.

Sudbury’s resilience appeared to unnerve Bury, who played with a kicking back for the second half.

However, Bury’s onslaught on the Sudbury defence saw them score nine goals from short corners and open play.