EAST WOMEN’S LEAGUE DIVISION ONE NORTH: Bury St Edmunds 2 Lowestoft 1
Bury St Edmunds ladies’ first team bounced back from last week’s heavy defeat to Cambridge City with a crucial 2-1 victory over Lowestoft at Nowton Park.
They came from behind thanks to goals from debutant Casey Haden and Becky Guy to move seven points clear of their opponents, who are second from bottom in East Division One North.
The home team settled into the game with confidence and created several chances, but it was the visitors who took the lead against the run of play, giving goalkeeper Sharon Stevens no chance.
Bury were not rattled for long and equalised just before half-time when Haden steered home Katie Bedford’s cutback.
An illegal stop on the line by a Lowestoft foot prevented Bury taking the lead and Maria Andrews’ resultant penalty stroke hit the post.
The east coast side hit back and mounted several attacks of their own, but Bury survived and grabbed the winner five minutes from time when a swift move down the left created an opportunity for Guy, who swivelled in the circle and dispatched a fine shot into the goal.
n Bury II failed to win for just the second time this season when they drew 0-0 with Castaways on Saturday, but it was enough for them to slip off the top of Suffolk Ladies’ League Premier Division.
Solid defending from Julie Dunger and Polly Salmon, as well as excellent keeping skills from Amy Gillon, meant Bury kept a clean sheet.
Despite working tirelessly and winning the player-of-the-match award, Mazz Chapman could not find a way past the Castaways keeper.
* Bury III recorded an 8-0 win over Ipswich-East Suffolk III to remain top of Division One.
Olivia Rush netted five of the goals and was joined on the scoresheet by Mel Mathieson, Nicki Baker Munton and Vikki Waspe.
Kelly Clayden, Nikki Cole, Sophie Lubbock, Chloe Lawson, Heidi Mathieson, Andrea Calver and Lisa Grimes also played their part.
* Bury Men drew 1-1 at Ipswich II in East Men’s League Division Two North on Saturday, but remain second-bottom of the table.
Steve Jackson and Mark Stanton combined for the latter to fire Bury in front, but with them pushing forward in search of a second, Ipswich snatched a leveller.
* Ian Konrath bagged a brace as Bury Men II thrashed Norwich City V 5-0, with Dominic Kavanagh, Paul Calver and Tony Major also on target.
Man-of-the-match Oli Heard made great runs from right-back, while Rob Johnson had a good game in midfield.
* Bury IV reignited their faltering promotion challenge in Division Six North East by overcoming University of East Anglia IV 3-1.
The revamped Bury midfield of Sean Milbank, Peter Watson, Tim Thompson and Adrian Dawson controlled the play and set up numerous chances for the Bury forward line of Andy Longfield and James Cracknal.
Thompson broke the deadlock, before Andy Longfield deflected in the second.
Bury added a third through Thompson, before a defensive lapse by Robert Dyball allowed UEA to pull a goal back.
* Bury’s mixed side won 2-0 at Braintree, with Tony Major teeing up the opener for Paul Whiting, who later sealed the result with his second goal.
There was no way past the excellent defence of Julie Dunger, Emma Whiting and Amy Gillon.