Ladies gunning for glory at Olympic Park

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Bury St Edmunds Hockey Club Ladies Over-35s will be gunning for glory at the Olympic Park on April, 26, after reaching the National Trophy Finals.

The ladies secured their berth in the showpiece final after overcoming North Yorkshire-based Ben Rhydding in a 2-1 success.

Bury scored early in the match with Sharon Holton rounding the keeper to slot in the opener.

They were made to rue a host of missed opportunities as their opponents levelled before the break through a short corner.

With Millie Sharp defending stoutly and Vic Sandall dominating in midfield, Bury were able to get themselves ahead once again as Lynn Whittingstall ran the length of the pitch before teeing up Holton who made no mistake to coolly finish.

Ben Rhydding responded but fine goalkeeping from Jenny Clark and a goal-line clearance from Jet Knorath ensured Bury held on for the victory and progression through to the final.

n Bury Under-14 Girls’ 
hockey team played a touring prep school from Nairobi, the Banda school.

Bury dominated from the start, but with plenty of position changing the ball made its way up both ends.

The final score was 6-1 to Bury, but determination from the Banda school was great to see and made it an exciting game to watch.

n Dawn Heavey had a starring role in Thetford Ladies’ 1-0 home win against Diss in the Empresa Norfolk Women’s League Premier Division.

Most the of the game took place in Diss’ half with Flora Ridsdill Smith impressing as an outfield player.

The breakthrough came when, from a combination of fast passes, Ridsdill Smith received the ball at the top of the penalty ‘D’ and sent it to Hannah Spidey to finish with aplomb.

A breakaway from the away side left their player in a one-on-one with Carla Pinto late on, but she easily cleared the ball away to ensure the home victory.