Hockey: Bury II 2, Lowestoft 2

Bury St Edmunds II 2, Lowestoft Town I 2Bury fielded a formidable side, despite missing key defenders Nunn and Gospel. However, early Lowestoft pressure revealed cracks in the defence of the newly shuffled team.

Bury St Edmunds II 2, Lowestoft Town I 2

Bury fielded a formidable side, despite missing key defenders Nunn and Gospel. However, early Lowestoft pressure revealed cracks in the defence of the newly shuffled team.

But Lowestoft failed to capitalise and saw chances go begging. Bury soon found their feet and made several forays into the Lowestoft 'D', but were unable to turn these into anything useful. By the end of the first half a desperate pattern was beginning to emerge. Bury were thwarted by the experienced Lowestoft defence who frustrated Konrath, Rash and Grisby up front. Bury's midfield were unable to unlock the game and just before the end of the first half Lowestoft scored with a well taken penalty corner.

The second half saw a fired-up Bury grab the equaliser through Andy Hobley, who was struggling having twisted his ankle. Lowestoft managed to take the lead, pouncing on a defensive error, and then piled on the pressure, only to be denied time and again by man-of-the-match, keeper Andy Longfield. When Lowestoft missed a penalty flick, Bury woke from the dead and managed to score through Konrath. Bury continued to dominate the game after this but it was too little too late.