Bury St Edmunds’ four-match unbeaten run came to an abrupt end following a disappointing 3-2 defeat to City of Peterborough in East Women’s League Division One North.
In a dominant first-half display, Jo Chapman broke the deadlock to give the hosts the half-time advantage.
The second half brought an entirely different story as Peterborough punished the home team with a quick succession of goals, two of which came from defensive errors.
A late revival from Bury saw Amy Rush reduce the deficit but there was to be no late drama as Peterborough held on for victory.
n In the Suffolk Ladies League Premier Division the second team suffered their first defeat of the season, going down 1-0 to Harwich and Dovercourt.
Despite the defeat, Julie Dunger, Julie Grayling and goalkeeper Elin Griffiths impressed
n Bury Ladies III remain on course for promotion from Division One following an emphatic 6-0 win over IES III, a fifth consecutive success.
After a frustrating opening period, Bury settled to take a two-goal lead into the interval courtesy of goals from Olivia Rush and Nicki Baker Munton.
That pressure continued after the interval with a second-half hat-trick from Mel Mathieson being added to with a further goal from Smith to wrap up proceedings.
n Bury Men’s first team managed to halt a five-game losing streak, to claim a share of the spoils in a thrilling 4-4 draw away at Cambridge University III in East Men’s League Division Two North.
A bright start from the visitors saw Kerran Devlin open the scoring, finishing a cross from Lee Godbold, beforeCambridge levelled before the interval.
After the restart, Cambridge went ahead but Bury rallied to level before finding themselves 4-2 ahead with Steve Jackson among the scorers.
However, they were to be denied a first win of the season as Cambridge struck back twice more to snatch a share of the spoils.
nThere was better news for the second team in Division Four North East as they cruised to a 6-1 win over Thetford Town.
Among the scorers were Paul Whitting, Paul Lawrence and Ian Konrath.
n In Division Six North East, an all-Bury encounter saw the fourth team narrowly overcome the fifth team 3-2.
The fourth team started brightly and were soon two goals ahead courtesy of the midfield duo of Justin Adams and Matt Thompson.
This appeared to galvanise the fifth team who responded superbly with Nick Drake reducing the deficit before a deflected short corner saw them level.
However, they were denied a well-deserved draw as Adrian Dawson struck to snatch victory for the high-flying fourths.
n Elsewhere, Bury St Edmunds Under-18s have been crowned Indoor Club County champions after a fine 5-3 victory over Sudbury.
Coming from 3-1 down at half-time, Bury staged a mammoth fightback in the second half to finally emerge victorious as Rob Wilson’s superb hat-trick was added to by Oli Lawson and Rory Milbank to seal the title.
The match also saw impressive disaplys from Zac Grayling, Joe Tasker and Kristian Jennings.
n The mixed team were also victorious, enjoying a winning start in their first outing to seal an 8-1 rout over Haverhill.
A promising all round performance saw Paul Whiting finish with a four-goal haul, with Nik Ciappi (three) and Rachel Boreham completing the scoring.