DIVISION TWO C
Welwyn Garden City 1
Sudbury need one more win to secure promotion after a positive attacking attitude was rewarded with victory at home to Welwyn.
But it was not until Smith slipped the ball into a small space in the D for Hunnable to send into the corner that they took the lead.
They doubled the advantage in the second half following a relentless effort from Jones. Hunnable received an accurate pass to take a reverse shot that was nudged in by Sudbury’s most improved under-18 player, Greaves.
With the point secure, Sudbury became more comfortable in their game and were awarded several short corners of which Hunnable had a shot and Jones reacted off a strong save by setting up Spencer to tap in at the far post.
The final game is away against Harpenden I.
Sudbury Men’s I meanwhile were on the wrong end of a seven-goal thriller with Dereham, losing out 4-3.
Despite a strong start, Sudbury found themselves three down at the break and Dereham added to their tally soon after half-time.
This galvanised Sudbury and they scored two quick goals, before setting up a tense finish with another in the last 10 minutes, but the team had left themselves with too much to do and they could not find an equaliser.
After a convincing win last week, Sudbury II travelled to Norwich knowing that a loss would see them relegated.
They kept their hopes of staying in the division alive with a rousing comeback to draw 4-4 with Norwich City VI, but could have taken all the points on another day.
A poor start and a lack of communication saw them immediately behind and encouraged Norwich to push on and they quickly snatched another goal as Sudbury were left open in the middle.
The bad defending continued and Sudbury found themselves facing a 3-0 deficit at the break.
However, inspired by a half-time team talk, Sudbury came out for the restart with renewed vigour and set about a remarkable turnabout.
Matt Hopkins grabbed two quickfire goals, before Jez Pryce Hall levelled proceedings.
With confidence now high, Sudbury came at Norwich again and a string of short corners saw one converted by Leigh Bevan.
But there was to be no fairytale ending as in the last few minutes of the game Sudbury were reduced to 10 men and also conceded a penalty flick.
Norwich stepped up to level the scores and the match ended 4-4.
Sudbury now have a relegation face-off versus Felixstowe, which will be crucial in deciding their fate for next season.
Sudbury Men’s IV faced a top of the table clash with IES, and ran out easy 5-0 winners.
Already nine points above the home team before the start of the match, Sudbury were hoping to stretch that lead in this penultimate game of the season.
They need not have worried however, as the team produced a sublime display of hockey worthy of the champions they are guaranteed to become.
Angus Marlow took his tally to 10 for the season, with two goals also from Ward and one from Tim Lucas.
The pick of the bunch came from Geoff Gardiner, who scored with an audacious lob when one on one with the beleaguered IES keeper.
Sudbury are now 12 points clear with one game to play on Saturday before the celebrations begin.