Sudbury Ladies III 4, Grasshoppers I 3

Abi Taylor scored within ten minutes to continue Sudbury's good form following their win last week.

Third XI v Grasshopers 1's

Sudbury Ladies III 4, Grasshoppers I 3

Abi Taylor scored within ten minutes to continue Sudbury's good form following their win last week.

Playing in the graveyard slot at 4pm and missing two experienced players, Sudbury still the game to Grasshoppers, and Taylor found the back of the net with an excellent drive down the right, finishing with an angled shot on goal. A couple of minutes later a cross from the right put Sudbury 2-0 up, as Jane St Ledger swept the ball past the goalkeeper.


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Sudbury seemed to take their foot off the gas then for a few moments, and Grasshoppers were quick to catch up with two deflections in the circle bringing the score level at 2-2.

A short corner routine, which for once seemed to be working, sparked several more opportunities for the home side, and they were unlucky not to score again before half-time.

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A textbook attack from the restart, building from player-of-the-match Chloe Mills' brilliant clearance saw the ball passed out to Jo Hebb, on to Sally Stephens and then up to Ella Rodwell, who laid the ball back right to Stephens, whose cross was swept into the goal by St Ledger.

But Grasshoppers rallied to level again.

The tenacity of the Mayers' mother and daughter defence, with Anna Cooper, Maria Spurling, Ashley Farthing, and improving goalkeeper Amy Harrington, kept Sudbury in the game.

With 10 minutes to go Sudbury were awarded a short for an infringement and Jo Hebb fired an unstoppable strike.

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