Sudbury II 0 IES 3
NE14 Hockey East Men's LeagueDivision 2NSudbury II 0 IES 3AFTER thrashing Cambridge City IV 6-0 the previous week, IES travelled to local rivals Sudbury in search of yet more goals.
NE14 Hockey East Men's League
Sudbury II 0 IES 3
AFTER thrashing Cambridge City IV 6-0 the previous week, IES travelled to local rivals Sudbury in search of yet more goals. Welcoming back Cole from holiday and Henry Baldwin, who made his debut for the first XI, but without striker Tingey, IES started positively with some excellent early advances and this led to a penalty stroke chance as Cole was blatantly fouled in the D.
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Vice captain Kevyn Brown stepped but his tame effort was easily saved by the excellent Sudbury keeper. The same keeper pulled off some amazing saves from Taylor and Cole, but one Cole shot soon left him stretched too far and Aveling dispatched the loose ball home for 1-0.
IES defended well and with Short outstanding as ever alongside Brown, Holland and Farrow in a revised formation that missed some key players. In the first period IES restricted their hosts to one shot on target as many passes went astray. One penalty corner led for Sudbury led to nothing and the half ended 1-0 to the Ipswich side. The second half introduced low sun and cold temperatures, but the hockey got hotter as Sudbury forced forward more. IES managed to keep the flow away through excellent work from Harris and Blake, who fed Baldwin and Aveling on the flanks. Taylor, Downey and Cole rotated up front and the irrepressible Downey showed some grunt as he scored two for his side.
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The first was a shot going wide which deflected off a Sudbury foot and in, much to the chagrin of the hosts. His second was a more direct effort which deflected via the keeper's pads and a post and in. Sudbury only managed one effort on goal; a flick from a penalty corner that Lane batted away easily.
IES host Saffron Walden 1st XI on Saturday at Copleston Centre (1pm).