Sudbury’s poor start erased by super seven in a thriller

NARROW DEFEAT: Sudbury III lost 1-0 at home to Dereham IV on Saturday
NARROW DEFEAT: Sudbury III lost 1-0 at home to Dereham IV on Saturday

EAST MEN’S LEAGUE DIVISION TWO NORTH: Sudbury 7 Cambridge City 4: Sudbury men’s first team bounced back from a poor performance to take all three points against Cambridge City on Saturday.

Having been convincingly beaten by Cambridge in the away fixture, Sudbury knew this would not be an easy game.

The hosts started off well, but it was Cambridge who scored the first goal.

Sudbury did not let it deter them as it served as the wake-up call they needed.

They opened their goal glut with their second penalty corner of the game when Kevin Monk finished off a well-worked routine.

Back on level terms, Sudbury continued to push, but it was the visitors who managed to regain the lead from a well-worked passage of play.

Once again Sudbury remained determined and shortly after Leigh Bevan won his side a penalty stroke, which allowed captain Adam Bullock to calmly beet the keeper and slot the ball home for 2-2.

An enthused Sudbury scored a further goal prior to half-time – a fantastic penalty corner strike from Bevan.

The home side came out from the break looking stronger than before, controlling the game and retaining possession.

The visitors managed to score a further two goals, but it was Sudbury who took all three points after four more goals.

Two of those came from fantastic open play goals from Brendon Mayers, one strong strike from Alex Tarrant, after one of his best games of the season, and a final goal from Will Fisher, after a poor attempted finish from Bullock.

Sudbury travel to local rivals Ipswich on Saturday and will be looking for another maximum points haul.

n Sudbury IV showed plenty of grit to pull back from two goals down at league leaders Ipswich to draw 4-4.

Goals came from Ed Matthews, Alastair Ward (two) and James Ward, but the real story was how Sudbury have become a team to reckon with.

In the early season the Division Seven North East side would have lost this match to a big score, but the addition of couple of senior players, coupled with a huge improvement from the younger players has made them hard to beat.

Sam Clark, Dan Holloway, Callum Rolfe, Alfie Lawrence, Will Beven and Ed Matthews are all playing with real skill and commitment.