Hockey: Sudbury Ladies II 1, North Walsh

Sudbury's run of injuries continued with Amanda Mills pulling a muscle less than two minutes into the game. Sudbury pushed forward with excellent build-up play, Amy Humphries and Vicky Haylock combining particularly well.

Sudbury Ladies II 1, North Walsham 2

Sudbury's run of injuries continued with Amanda Mills pulling a muscle less than two minutes into the game. Sudbury pushed forward with excellent build-up play, Amy Humphries and Vicky Haylock combining particularly well. But a lack of concentration in defence saw North Walsham break and left Elaine Denholm, the Sudbury keeper, with no chance to stop the shot from close range. Sudbury gained a number of short corners but failed to deliver any reward. The Sudbury goal came just before half-time as a split ball in the D was picked up by Lyn Mclean whose shot wrong-footed the keeper. At half-time coach Nick Thorpe asked for better concentration but didn't fault the commitment nor the volume of chances created.

The second half saw a similar pattern with Sudbury dominating play and creating numerous chances down both flanks, Becky Spencer and Sarah Taverner providing the important wide outlet. Sudbury went down to 10 players as Lou Palmer was penalised for a second tackling offence. North Walsham created chances throughout the game but through the efforts of Emma Stephens and Lou Bonner, rarely managed to penetrate the Sudbury D. Their second goal came after Sudbury lost possession, allowing the winger to drive to the base line and pull the ball back for a waiting attacker. Sudbury had 20 minutes to pull the game back but despite their best efforts the visitors held out and secured all three points. Player-of-the-match could have gone three ways, with Palmer, Haylock and Stephens putting in fine performances. But Emma Stephens secured the accolade for her consistent defensive performance. Sudbury visit Dereham next week for their final fixture before Christmas and look forward to welcoming back captain Debbie King.


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