UNDER-14sGIRLS’ NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: Ipswich 1 Sudbury 1: Sudbury Under-14s Girls drew 1-1 with Ipswich Under-14s Girls to reach the East of England finals for the first time in the club’s history.
After seeing off Dereham, Norwich City and Bury St Edmunds, Suds only needed a point to write their names in the history books and progress.
Buoyed by a noisy support, Subdury travelled to Ipswich’s Tuddenham Road and began strongly with Maddie Wagland and Katie Crace working well to find forwards Susie Wright and Lottie Riley.
A confident start was matched by a tireless display by the visiting defence of Lizzy Skells, Freya Dawson and Beth Dwerryhouse to ensure that their goalkeeper Daisy Gemmel was comfortable.
After Katie Crace’s heroics to defend an Ipswich penalty corner, the visitors took the lead.
Crace moved forward to the other end and fired a shot at goal, which was deflected into the corner by Chloe Redgrove to open the scoring.
An end-to-end second-half saw Ipswich press for an equaliser, with Josie Partidge doing her best with excellent hold-up play in attack.
Sudbury could not hold out as the ball ricocheted around the top of the circle before being swept into the corner of the goal.
The hosts had a penalty corner to go ahead, but Bex Taylor and captain Molly Redgrove defended resolutely against the attack.
The introduction of Ellie Langford helped Sudbury hold out and achieve a history-making result.
n Sudbury Ladies II lost 2-0 at home to league leaders Ipswich IV, in a game which saw the excellent visitors dominate from the start, though Sudbury can be proud of how they kept them at bay during the second half after a tactical change.
n Sudbury Ladies III were given a masterclass in attacking hockey and maximising your goal tally by a very impressive Grasshoppers side in an 11-0 defeat at Great Cornard.
It was 4-0 at half-time with the Sudbury defence of North, Wordley, Clarke, Hill, Rowley and Bridges being kept very busy.
The goals continued to flow but Sudbury battled to the end and were just beaten by a better side.