Bury St Edmunds 1 Ipswich II 0

NE14hockey East Women's League

Division One North

Bury St Edmunds 1 Ipswich II 0

IPSWICH seconds travelled to Nowton Park on Saturday to play Bury St Edmunds. Ipswich looked the keener side in the opening minutes of the game pressurising in attack, however for the remainder of the first half play was fairly evenly distributed between the two teams and neither were able to produce much in the way if exciting hockey in attack. Ipswich defended well this half, with solid performances from Sam Bennett and Kate Watson in the middle and Jenny Ellis (left back) and Fran Tew (right back) getting really stuck in.

After the half-time break an eerie Halloween mist descended onto the pitch, as a more determined Ipswich tried to re-gain control of the match. An attack from Bury featuring fouls against the Ipswich defence ended in Bury taking a 1-0 lead early on.

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Ipswich fought back, with centre midfielders Hannah Tallent and Kat Wrinch posting up more aggressively to help the ball out of defence and feeding it through to the Ariane Hanman and Cat McDonald in attack.

Their efforts were rewarded with two penalty corners in the second half, one well-struck by Tallent but saved off the line by a Bury defender and the second slapped in by Kate Watson was also saved on the line at shoulder height by the same Bury defender. Despite continuing to generate pressure in attack into the final minutes Ipswich were unable to bring the score line up to the draw which they deserved.

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Ipswich have now slipped to the middle of the table in East Division One North sitting in sixth place with 12 points, and will face ninth placed Harleston Magpies at home next week.

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