EAST MEN’S LEAGUE
DIVISION FIVE NORTH EAST
Watton 7 Sudbury III 1
Following a tight game against Dereham at home the weekend before, Sudbury III’s trip to Watton was ultimately one they will want to quickly forget.
Sudbury started on the defensive at first, with Watton pressing high into the visitors’ half from the whistle, with Mark Dudley and the defending line up of Jonathan Woods, James Batch and Chris Cook working tirelessly to clear the ball.
Following a tight 15-20 minutes, Sudbury managed to claw back some of the possession from Watton and with great work in midfield and the wings, created some chances on goal.
Sudbury started the second half more alert and saw some excellent passing and looked more threatening in attack.
Watton were still pushing high, resulting in end-to-end hockey and Sudbury maintained momentum throughout.
As a result, Sudbury scored with excellent work up front, with Ben Clarke finishing.
Watton took their opportunities and Sudbury refused to give up, worked hard from whistle to whistle, and were unfortunate not to convert any further opportunities on goal.
Watton maintained their attacking instincts throughout and were the stronger team on the day.
Sudbury look to take the positives from this game to their home game next weekend against UEA.
n A lack of focus cost Sudbury Men’s IV in their 3-1 home defeat to Norwich Dragons V in Division Six North East.
After taking the lead within the first 10 minutes thanks to Stuart Steel and a lovely assist by Chris Ashby, a lack of concentration saw the home side concede twice in the space of five minutes.
Another goal followed, despite some brilliant saves from goalkeeper Joe Robson.
Sudbury came back strongly after the break but could not convert their chances in a goalless second period.
n Sudbury Ladies II continued their good form to earn a well-deserved point in a 2-2 draw away at Harwich & Dovercourt in the Suffolk Ladies League Premier Division.
Sudbury created more chances in the opening exchanges and took the lead through a goal from Charlotte Kiddy.
Despite some excellent defending from Sudbury’s back three of Hannah Treagust, Ruth Warnes and Rebecca Taylor, Harwich caught Sudbury on the break and managed to score to make it 1-1.
After the break a great Sudbury attack saw Mai Easton score to put the away team back in the lead.
This did not last long as Harwich started to dominate the play and clinched an equaliser to make the final score 2-2.
This was a fantastic performance and the whole team battled through until the final whistle.