EAST MEN’S LEAGUE DIVISION SIX NORTH EAST
Bury St Edmunds V 2
Champions Bury St Edmunds concluded their record breaking campaign with a hard-fought 2-2 draw with promotion-chasing Thetford.
After a goalless first half in which Michael Thompson and Jess Walters kept the visitors under pressure, Bury got off to the perfect start in the second half as Drake broke the deadlock, reacting quickest to fire home a rebound from Tony Bass’ saved effort.
The visitors responded well to the setback and levelled shortly after only for Bury to regain the lead as Dykes slotted home from a penalty corner.
However, they were denied the victory as Thetford grabbed an equaliser from a penalty corner of their own to snatch a share of the spoils.
Bury concluded the campaign undefeated having won 19 of their 22 games, scoring 77 goals and conceding just 11.
n Elsewhere Bury St Edmunds Men’s first team secured promotion back to Division Two with a convincing 4-1 victory over Norwich.
n In Division Five North East Bury St Emunds Men’s III ended the campaign in disappointment as they came out on the wrong side of a seven-goal thriller with Dereham IV losing 4-3.
After falling three goals down, Bury fought back spectacularly and drew level with Paul Lawrence among the scorers. However, they were denied a point as Dereham struck in the final minutes.
n Bury Hockey Club Under-18 Boys team were left celebrating after winning the England Hockey National Plate competition at the Olympic Park.
Facing Windermere in the semi-final, Bury broke the deadlock midway through the first half courtesy of Cam Rule, while solid displays from Louis Totton, Joe Tasker, Will Tooke and Jamie Prickett kept the lead intact until the interval.
The second half saw Bury take control and score two further goals from Oli Lawson and Charlie Holt to secure their place in the final.
There Bury met Surbition and fell a goal behind through a deflected penalty corner.
That appeared to galvanise Bury who found themselves level before the break courtesy of Rule’s drag flick from a penalty corner, only to fall behind once again shortly after the break.
Back came Bury who levelled through Oli Lawson before taking the lead through Rory Milbank.
However the game was by no means over as Surbition were awarded a last gasp penalty stroke following an illegal stop on the goal line.
The Surbiton captain stepped forward to face Jamie Prickett and fired and wide to hand Bury the title.