EAST MEN’S HOCKEY LEAGUE DIVISION THREE NORTH EAST
Ipswich East Suffolk II 2
Sudbury II 0
Struggling Sudbury II lost 2-0 to second-placed Ipswich East Suffolk II on Saturday.
The visitors started the game strongly and caused problems for the home side thanks to some strong runs from Jay Armitage, coupled with link up play from Jez Pryce Hall and Leigh Bevan, which meant Sudbury looked good going forward.
The Ipswich half-time team talk seemed to revitalise the hosts and they came out with a point to prove.
Sudbury appeared to be up for the challenge as they successfully defied waves of IES pressure, but the breakthrough came half-way into the second period when the home team capitalised on a short corner.
The visitors continued to battle on as the game progressed until moments before the final whistle, when IES scored on the break to make it 2-0.
They return to action on Saturday (12.30pm) when Harleston Magpies visit Head Lane.
n Sudbury Ladies hosted Brentwood Ladies in a battle for second position in the East Women’s League Division 2C.
The game started at a fast pace and Sudbury won a short corner in the Brentwood half, which Chloe Hunnable slotted away with a neat finish to put the home side ahead.
Having broken the deadlock, Sudbury continued to work hard, with wingers Tracey Caddock and Abbi Taylor particularly influential,
As the half wore on Hunnable added a further two goals to put Sudbury in a commanding position heading into the break.
Brentwood came out strong in the second-half, but some solid defensive work from Katie Clark, Emma Stephens, Ellen Seeley and Mandy Coleman meant they did not get many opportunities on goal.
Up the other end Sudbury continued to carve out opportunities, but they were unable to breach the Brentwood net for a fourth time before the whistle.
On Saturday the first team will travel to seventh-placed Basildon, who they defeated 3-0 earlier in the season.