Hockey: Sudbury win at Sevenoaks
Sevenoaks Ladies 2nd X1 0, Sudbury Ladies 1st XI 3Sudbury Ladies travelled to Sevenoaks for a top-of-the-table clash, ready to fight hard to maintain their sinning streak.
Sevenoaks Ladies 2nd X1 0, Sudbury Ladies 1st XI 3
Sudbury Ladies travelled to Sevenoaks for a top-of-the-table clash, ready to fight hard to maintain their sinning streak.
Sudbury started well from the whistle, breaking down attacks, but found it hard to string passes together when they gained possession due to Sevenoaks' closing down.
But Sudbury persevered and their efforts paid off when Kirsty Sloan and Jess Shepherdson linked for the latter to reverse-stick sweep the ball past the Sevenoaks keeper and just inside the post to put Sudbury one- up.
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From a short corner, a straight strike from the top of the D by Hayley Spooner went past the keeper and hit the back-board, putting Sudbury two goals ahead at half-time.
Sudbury put Sevenoaks on the back foot straight from the whistle, with a pass from Kirsty Sloan to Chloe Mills who made a good driving run towards the attacking 25. Good runs from Shepherdson and Becky Spencer up front caused the Sevenoaks defence trouble and some good work in midfield by Tracey Caddock, Sloan and Ellie Colton prevented Sevenoaks finding their forwards.
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Sudbury continued to defend well, with Katie Clark making some well timed tackles to prevent any clear shots. Sevenoaks had a number of short corners but the Sudbury defence of Hayley Spooner, Katie Clark, Mandy Coleman, Emma Stephens and player-of-the match Sandra Mackay dealt with them confidently.
Sudbury continued to put pressure on the Sevenoaks keeper with some good strikes by Gina Eley and Tracey Caddock, and were eventually rewarded with the last goal of the game, again scored by Shepherdson following a drive into the D by Colton and a deflection by Eley.
It was not the prettiest hockey by Sudbury who are trying new things this season, but their hard work paid off and the three points were well deserved maintaining their position at the top of the table.
Sudbury will now look forward to their next home game against Brentwood at 2.30pm on Saturday.