Hockey: Sudbury Ladies III v Bury St Eds

Sudbury Ladies III 5, Bury St Edmunds Ladies III 2Sudbury had a good mix of experience and youth for a game they had to win, and despite going a goal down from a breakaway, Sudbury finally settled into their game plan.

Sudbury Ladies III 5, Bury St Edmunds Ladies III 2

Sudbury had a good mix of experience and youth for a game they had to win, and despite going a goal down from a breakaway, Sudbury finally settled into their game plan.

It wasn't long before last week's player-of-the-match, Mills, in the centre, levelled the score with a fine shot.

Sudbury were unlucky not to score again before half-time, with several wasted short corner opportunities, but after a constructive talk came back out, with a couple of changes, and took control of the game. Lauren Ballard, on the right, was the next to score, sneaking in a goal off the right post, to take them back into the lead.


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Then an opportunist break from Sally Stephens, put her clear up the right, and with an angled shot right off the back line, took them two goals clear.

Bury's defence were stretched as Sudbury piled on the pressure - one such attack found them giving away a penalty flick, which Liz Spencer made no mistake with as she neatly put the ball away.

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Bury pulled the score back to 4-2.

Chloe Mills in midfield did a superb job to break up attacks, and Sudbury's backs of Maria Spurling, Mishka Mayers, Eulalie Mayers and Anna Cooper remained solid, supported by Amy Harrington in goal, who made some fine saves to keep Sudbury in the game, for which she was later awarded player-of-the-match.

Emma Hawkins' nasty tumble in the 'D' at the start of the game, left her with a broken collarbone - however she didn't discover this until the following day, and continued to play with her usual tenacity for the duration of the game.

The final goal was scored by Amanda Mills, with a clean strike from the top of the 'D', to make the score 5-2.

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