First team slip through the relegation trapdoor while others celebrate

GOING DOWN: Match action from Burys heavy loss at Sudbury that condemned them to relegation this season
GOING DOWN: Match action from Burys heavy loss at Sudbury that condemned them to relegation this season

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HOCKEY LEAGUE

DIVISION TWO NORTH

Sudbury 6

Bury St Edmunds 0

Bury’s stint in Division Two North was brought to an end last weekend with a 6-0 hammering away at rivals Sudbury.

The first team headed into the clash knowing that even a victory might not be enough to fight off the threat of relegation, but as it transpired they were well beaten anyway.

It means that they will now return to Division Three North East from next season.

n However, there was more positive news for Bury II, Bury III and Bury V, all of whom were crowned champions of their respective leagues on the final weekend of the campaign.

The second team thrashed Ipswich 6-1 to clinch top spot in Division Four North East, while a 1-1 draw with Bury IV was enough for the them to win Division Five North East.

As for Bury’s fifth side, they topped Division Six North East following their 3-2 win over Harleston, with Adrian Moulam, Mark Dykes and Nick Drake getting their names on the scoresheet.

n Meanwhile, Bury VI’s season concluded with a 3-1 defeat against Norwich Dragons.

It means that they have finished sixth in Division Seven North East, with four wins from their 18 outings.

n Bury Ladies II were defeated 2-0 by UEA, but the third side fared much better on the road.

They picked up their 12th victory of the campaign with a 1-0 win against Newmarket III thanks to Kate Bastow’s effort, which sees them finish sixth.

n There was cause for celebration for Bury Under-12 Girls after they won the Suffolk County Championships in Ipswich.

The club sent two sides, named Bury Blue and Bury Orange, to the tournament and it was the latter that came out on top.

The standout victory was a 4-3 triumph over IES, who had earlier raced into a 2-0 league before the youngsters from Bury responded.

A victory in their last game made it 13 points from a possible 15 and when news filtered through that Ipswich A had been held by IES, that confirmed Bury Orange as champions.