Double success for Bury Ladies

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Bury St Edmunds Ladies clinched a double triumph on Saturday by finishing top of both divisions in the Suffolk Ladies’ League.

The seconds edged out Christchurch II 2-0 to remain at the summit of the Premier Division on goal difference from Ipswich IV, while Bury’s third string blitzed Ipswich East-Suffolk III 17-0 to retain their three-point gap over the field in Division One.

After a goalless first half, Charlie Casey-Haden eased Bury II’s nerves by sweeping home Mazz Chapman’s cross.

Christchurch attempted to spoil the Bury party, but goalkeeper Amy Gillon kept them at bay.

The title was finally sealed in the closing minutes when Olivia Rush’s pass was slotted between the goalkeeper’s legs by Clare Devlin.

After a hard-fought campaign, five goals difference were all that separated Bury II and Ipswich IV, with the west Suffolk outfit’s miserly defence conceding just seven times in 20 matches.

There were few nerves for Bury III as they demolished Ipswich-East Suffolk III to edge out their opponents’ second string in the Division One title race.

The title would have slipped away from Bury with defeat, but instead they dominated from the start and quickly went 2-0 up through Jade Taylor’s brace.

Sophie Lubbock, Mel Mathieson and  Nikki Cole were all on the scoresheet as Bury reached half-time 10-0 to the good. Chloe Lawson also found the target, while Cole took her tally to five goals and Taylor to six.

n Bury’s first string finished their East Women’s League Division One North campaign in fifth after holding sixth-placed Wisbech to a 0-0 draw.

Millie Sharp was dominant at the heart of defence, Jo Chapman marshalled the midfield and the hard-working Katie Bedford gave Bury an outlet.

Amy Rush went close, while Maria Andrews had a shot stopped on the line.

n In East Men’s League Division Four North East, Bury II slipped to a 5-1 loss at Ipswich-East Suffolk III, with Paul Lawrence on target for Bury, while Bury III lost 3-1 to Dereham IV in Division Five North East, despite a goal for Lloyd Wade.