Hockey: Sudbury Ladies v Chelmsford II
Sudbury Ladies I 1, Chelmsford Ladies II 1Sudbury adapted quickly to the water-based surface at Chelmer Park and put pressure on the home team from the whistle.
Sudbury Ladies I 1, Chelmsford Ladies II 1
Sudbury adapted quickly to the water-based surface at Chelmer Park and put pressure on the home team from the whistle. They were awarded the first penalty corner and a strike from Spooner at the top of the D found Shepherdson's stick on the far post, but went just wide. Sudbury continued to apply pressure though as, player-of-the-match, Colton drove the ball down the right, taking on the defence and striking the ball past the keeper. Sudbury built on their early lead and pulled Chelmsford apart with some excellent support play from Sloan, Jones, Barras and Colton.
Sudbury went into half-time with a one-goal lead and were unlucky that other opportunities hadn't been converted. Chelmsford came out hard after the break and Sudbury had to soak up the pressure with some good defensive play from Smith and Clarke and fine saves from keeper Mackay. Sudbury conceded penalty corners but managed to keep the ball out. However, a clearance that Chelmsford picked up resulted in a strike that beat Coleman in the air to equalise. Chelmsford were then awarded a penalty flick, the pressure on the striker to take Chelmsford into the lead was just too much and Sudbury breathed a sigh of relief, and let this be the final wake-up call, Sudbury played some good hockey until the final whistle to come away with an away point to take them into the Christmas break.