EAST MEN’S LEAGUE
Bury St Edmunds 0
Norwich Dragons II 1
Bury St Edmunds’ promotion ambitions from Division Three North East suffered a blow as they slumped to a surprising defeat to Norwich Dragons II.
The League-leaders named a strong squad for the encounter but found themselves on the back foot, with the Dragons opening the scoring.
And it was to prove a decisive strike as their eighth-placed opponents held firm to claim victory.
n Bury St Edmunds II hit the goal trail in Division Four North East to cruise to an emphatic 6-1 success at Watton.
Lee Gobold opened the scoring after a fine pass from Dom Kavanagh, before the former doubled his and Bury’s tally shortly after.
The visitors added a third through Phil Miles but Watton responded to reduce the deficit by pulling a goal back.
However there was to be no comeback as the visitors struck four more times including Gobold completing his hat-trick to wrap up proceedings.
n Bury St Edmunds III halted a run of three straight defeats with a shock 3-2 victory over Division Five North East leaders Norwich Dragons IV.
A quick-fire Rory Slone brace put Bury in a commanding position before the interval before Jonty Poward increased the advantage further after the break.
That spurred Dragons into action to reduce the deficit with two goals of their own. Despite a tense close to the encounter Bury held frim to take the points.
n Bury St Edmunds IV further eased their relegation worries after sealing a 3-1 win away at Harleston Magpies VI in Division Six North East.
The visitors put themselves 3-0 up courtesy of goals from Dawson, Watson and Thompson with the Magpies scoring a consolation in the last minute.
n There was also a comfortable victory for Bury St Edmunds V who hit three without reply against Ipswich IV in Division Six North East.
After a shaky start to proceedings, Bury gradually took control of the match and led 2-0 at half-time courtesy of goals from Jermey Allen and Tony Bass, with the latter adding a third after the restart.
n Elsewhere, Thetford Ladies came out on the wrong end of a nine-goal thriller with Loddon in Empresa Norfolk Wonen’s League Premier Division in a 7-2 defeat.
In what proved a forgettable afternoon for Thetford, Karen Hodgkinson and Ella Stenton grabbed the goals, while there was also promising displays from Sophie Wheeler, Sharon Brimson, Josie Shehan and Kathy Hammond.