Ipswich Cranes 2 Thetford 0
NE14Hockey East Men’s League
IPSWICH Cranes notched up a third consecutive victory to maintain their top of the table position.
Thetford were the visiting team in a dour game that will not live too long in either side’s memory but for the home side, it was a professional display resulting in another valuable three points.
The match began at a brisk pace with early possession being dominated by Ipswich Cranes as Thetford struggled to break up the play in midfield.
Ipswich Cranes right half, Nick Tiley-Nunn, controlled the game at times, distributing the ball very effectively with a number of slide-rule passes.
This quickly forced Thetford into defensive errors which led to a series of short corners for the home side.
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These were swiftly converted into a two goal lead for Cranes, thanks to two superb strikes from centre half Craig Bloomfield, who narrowly missed out on his hat-trick with another effort which flew narrowly over the crossbar.
With the score at 2-0 and very little threat forthcoming from a less than ambitious Thetford side, Ipswich Cranes took their foot off the gas in the second half, maintaining possession with ease through the midfield trio of man-of-the-match Tiley-Nunn, Bloomfield and Andel Williams.
Importantly, Cranes also succeeded in securing another clean sheet courtesy of a late reflex save from keeper Chris McManus.
A well deserved victory for Cranes made their reputable after-match teas taste even sweeter.
Man of the match: Nick Tiley-Nunn