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Ipswich II 4, Sudbury II 1This fixture represents the local derby in Division 2North East. Sudbury made the stronger start moving the ball around well with Emma Hawkins and Lucy Kevis creating some early chances.

Ipswich II 4, Sudbury II 1

This fixture represents the local derby in Division 2North East. Sudbury made the stronger start moving the ball around well with Emma Hawkins and Lucy Kevis creating some early chances. Ipswich went ahead after 12minutes following a pull back from the back line that their attacker made no mistakes with from just 6 yards out. Keeper Amy Herrington was kept busy in the first half and made some good saves showing good strength and kicking ability with her feet. Ipswich 2nd goal came from another open play situation. Sudbury had their chances with Becky Spencer and Debbie King combining well with King firing just wide. At half time the score stood at 2-0 to Ipswich and Sudbury restructured to play 3 at the back and push one more into midfield. Louise Bonner also switched to man mark ex England international Vicky Dixon who as ever was orchestrating proceedings for Ipswich in the middle of the field. Ipswich got another two goals from open play but Bonner did a fine job in the second half and neutralised Dixon's influence. Lucy Kevis moved to left half and combined well with the forward line of King and Spencer to force a short corner. Louise Palmer's strike on goal looked goal bound and Kevis ensured it hit home with a sweet deflection to fox the Ipswich keeper. Captain Ruth Warnes took a nasty knock to the knee just before the final whistle but valiantly carried on until the end. Sudbury whilst suffering another defeat had moments of promise and will continue to fight on to retain their division 2NE status.

Sudbury Ladies IV 0, Christchurch Ladies II 9

With nine first-choice players unavailable against a very strong Ipswich team, Sudbury knew they were in for a tough match.


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Sudbury started brightly enough, enjoying a fair share of ball possession. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of Sudbury's defence of Jessica Kendell, Maria Risley, Olivia Hurley and Kate Hurley, some lose marking allowed Ipswich to score two goals in quick succession. Sudbury remained positive and produced some fine attacking moves of their own helped by Sheryl Risley who was making her debut to the team; however Sudbury failed to capitalize on their chances.

Ipswich then began to dominate the match and pushed Sudbury back into their own half, forcing Goal keeper Elee Brebner into many saves, despite this Sudbury conceded four more goals by half time.

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In the second half Sudbury regrouped and produced a positive attitude towards play and started to push forward in greater numbers, looking to reduce the deficit. This allowed gaps at the back to develop which Ipswich exploited, allowing them to score three more goals before the end.

Player of the Match was awarded to Alice King for some good driving runs and a positive attitude throughout.

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