Hockey: Latest Sudbury reports

Sudbury performed well - but are still without a first home win this season. The home side's defence and midfield were well-drilled against a physical March outfit.

Sudbury performed well - but are still without a first home win this season.

The home side's defence and midfield were well-drilled against a physical March outfit.

The back four of Keefe, Kevis, Underhay, and Bullock absorbed any March pressure well and then released Unwin and Bevan up front.

Sudbury took the lead midway through the first half when Hann outpaced his marker down the right wing and slipped the ball back to Clubb for the simplest of tap-ins. Sudbury took a deserved lead into half-time despite a couple of March short corner chances, keeper Warnes making some excellent saves.


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March levelled early in the second half, after a shot was stopped on the line by Harrington's thigh and the umpire gave a penalty stroke. The ensuing flick left Warnes with absolutely no chance.

Minutes later Sudbury were behind as a result of a brief lapse of concentration. A through-ball found a March forward unmarked and he finished well.

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Sudbury pressure was rewarded with a series of short-corners, the second of which led to Bevan scoring.

A draw would have been a fair result but five minutes from time March flicked the ball towards the Sudbury 'D', Burton missed it and it fell to a March forward. Warnes smothered the ball, Burton came in and tried to clear it, but the March forward managed to get a shot off. Despite a diving clearance off the line from Burton, the umpire had spotted an infringement, and rightly gave another flick to March. For the second time in the match Warnes was left with no chance, and March had claimed three points.

Sudbury remain eighth in the league, but with games against lower placed sides in the next few weeks, they will be hoping to move into the top half by Christmas.

Sudbury Ladies 4ths 2, Lowestoft Ladies 4ths 0

Sudbury got off to a positive start and captain Maria Risley pounced on a rebound to score the first from close range.

Debutante Moria Thompson played well on the wing, helping to create goalscoring opportunities. A fine cross into the 'D' found Alice King unmarked and she skilfully directed the ball past the advancing keeper to make the half-time score 2-0.

Lowestoft put the Sudbury defence of Olivia Hurley, Jaclyn Taylor, Lily Chiang and Kate Hurley under pressure after the break. Celia Fitch-Holland did have one superb shot well saved by the visitors' goalkeeper. A fine save from goalkeeper Peggy Bridges in the last few minutes kept the score at 2-0.

Sudbury will hope to build on this fine performance when they travel to Ipswich at the weekend.

Maria Risley and Molly May were named joint man-of-the-match for some excellent link play in attack.

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