Sudbury extend winning run in action-packed clash
EAST MEN’S LEAGUE
DIVISION TWO NORTH
Cambridge Nomads 2
Sudbury extended their unbeaten run to four games with victory at Cambridge Nomads in an action-packed and tense match.
An even first half saw Sudbury take the lead just before the interval, Dan Birch ending an excellent move. Sudbury had a scare when Cambridge were awarded a penalty flick, but it was off-target.
Early in the second half Nomads equalised from a flick. Great defending from George Apter and Sam Humphreys kept Nomads out, and another fine move was rewarded with Will Chrystal finishing off a pass from Matt Hopkins.
Nomads equalised, but Sudbury kept chasing their fourth straight win. Ten minutes from time Sudbury’s improvised short corner routine set up Chrystal’s second. A splendid save from Chris Smith in the dying seconds ensured victory.
n Call-offs saw Sudbury II field an inexperienced team at Harleston Magpies III in Division Three North East, and they were beaten 9-0. Sudbury started slowly, and allowed Harleston to get in behind the defence. Chris Warnes made several excellent saves, but it was 5-0 at the break.
The second half saw an improvement, but Sudbury were still unable to break through the Magpies back line. With no subs Sudbury tired as the game wore on.
n Sudbury III hosted Harleston Magpies V in Division Five North East, the game ending 2-2. Sudbury conceded a goal inside two minutes, but they battled back, Stewart Steele grabbing a deserved equaliser.
Magpies had no subs, but with Sudbury expecting them to run out of steam, the visitors poached another goal. Simon Hardingham brought Sudbury level. Sudbury keeper Dan McGuiness made several excellent saves.
n Sudbury IV hosted Norwich Dragons VI in Division Seven North East and, despite fielding a makeshift side, ran out 7-2 winners. Sudbury controlled from the off. The first goal was slotted in by Angus Marlow, and midfielders Geoff Gardiner and Paul Rolfe were also on target for a 3-0 interval lead.
In the second half Alastair Ward scored a hat-trick, and Marlow got his second, the visitors replying with a couple of goals when Sudbury were out of sight.