Flying start sets ladies on their way to hitting six of the best

DERBY DRAW: Action from Bury St Edmunds Ladies III's 1-1 draw with Sudbury Ladies III
DERBY DRAW: Action from Bury St Edmunds Ladies III's 1-1 draw with Sudbury Ladies III
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EAST WOMEN’S LEAGUE

DIVISION ONE NORTH

Ipswich III 0

Bury St Edmunds 6

Bury Ladies flew out of the blocks and never looked back on their way to a superb 6-0 victory at Ipswich III in East League Division One North.

Bury started strongly and took a 2-0 lead in the first few minutes when a shot from a penalty corner was neatly deflected in by Naomi Lofthouse before a fine reverse stick pass from Lucy Holder was again neatly finished by Lofthouse.

The third goal came following fine play by Shelley Pleasance and Millie Sharp, which — after a penetrating run from Katie Bedford — saw Amy Rush on hand to add the finishing touch.

After half-time, Sharp neatly deflected in another corner strike before Lofthouse completed her hat-trick and Pleasance lifted the ball over the diving keeper to finish the scoring.

Bury are at home when they meet St Ives at Nowton Park tomorrow (1pm).

OVER-35s

INVESTEC CUP

Epsom Masters 2

Bury St Edmunds Masters 1

Bury St Edmunds’ long journey in the quarter-finals of the Investec Cup proved to be a fruitless one.

Epsom took the lead against the run of play when a fortuitous bounce fell for a forward to tap home. Bury tried to respond, but the home side grabbed a second goal.

However, Bury’s Teresa Smith caused problems down the right wing all afternoon and Shelley Pleasance was dominant in midfield.

Sharon Holton was pushed up front in a bid to get Bury back in the game and she created a tense finish when converting Pleasance’s pass, but it was too little, too late.

SUFFOLK WOMEN’S LEAGUE

PREMIER DIVISION

Bury St Edmunds II 2

Felixstowe 1

Bury started strongly against Felixstowe, dominating possession throughout with excellent work through midfield, and took the lead from a short corner when Becky Guy set up Rachael Boreham to convert.

With numerous breakthroughs, some brilliant pick-ups by Melissa Steven and messy work in the D by Felixstowe, it was only a matter of time before Bury scored again.

The moment came from another short corner, set up this time by Mazz Chapman and put in the back of the net by Charlie Casey-Haden.

Felixstowe pulled a goal back in the last minute, but Bury held on.

DIVISION ONE

Bury St Edmunds III 1

Sudbury III 1

In a closely-fought derby match, Sudbury deservedly struck first, despite wasting several short corners and good saves from Kate Baker Munton.

Bury continued with strong defence from Heidi Mathieson and Claire Devlin and eventually, with Catherine Tasker and Chloe Cunningham pushing forward, the ball moved to the right and Teresa Smith managed a good cross that resulted in the equaliser by Nicki Baker Munton.