EAST MEN’S LEAGUE
DIVISION TWO NORTH
Bury St Edmunds 1
Bury St Edmunds Men are still looking for their first win of the season after crashing to local rivals Sudbury at Nowton Park on Saturday.
The game started brightly for Bury with some great link-up and the hosts’ midfield and forwards creating lots of attacking pressure.
Sudbury looked dangerous on the counter-attack, but they were kept out by great defending from Zac Grayling, Brad Bosman and Will Tooke.
A slick breakaway of their own gave Bury the lead.
The in-form James Pierc expertly stopped a short corner and, four slick passes later, Kieran Devlin sent a deflected strike into the goal.
However, the hosts could not find a second goal and Sudbury punished them 20 minutes from time with an equaliser.
The winner arrived in controversial circumstances when an illegal stick tackle on Lee Godbold – which would have resulted in a yellow card for Sudbury and a penalty flick for Bury – was not awarded by the referee and Sudbury broke away to net the winner.
n Bury II claimed three points with a 2-1 at Dereham III in Division Four North East.
Alex Biddy set up the opener for Paul Lawrence and Marcus Roe and Jem Allen showed superb form to keep the Norfolk side out.
Ian Konrath doubled Bury’s lead, which they held on to despite Dereham pulling one back.
n Unlike their first team, Bury III enjoyed derby-day success against Sudbury with a 5-2 victory over their rivals’ third string in Division Five North East.
Tim Hollins cancelled out Sudbury’s opener and Josh Phillips and Rob Johnson (two) sent Bury clear.
Although Sudbury reduced the arrears, Ben Gilligan restored the hosts’ three-goal advantage.
n Bury IV suffered a high-scoring defeat to fellow promotion chasers Harleston Magpies VII in Division Six North East.
Phil Rake and Johnny Briggs were among the scorers in the 8-4 defeat, while there was some good midfield interplay between Peter Watson and Tim Thompson for Bury’s first.
n Bury Ladies recorded a 3-3 draw with St Ives in East Women’s League Division One North thanks to a brace from Lucy Holder and a single strike by Maria Andrews.
n Bury Ladies II leapfrogged the Grasshoppers to go top of the Suffolk Ladies League Premier Division.
Becky Guy struck early to set Bury on their way and it was followed by another after some great teamwork by Naomi Lofthouse and Clare Devlin.
Brilliant goalkeeping by Amy Gillon and excellent defensive work from Julie Dunger ensured the final result stayed at 2-0 to Bury.
n Bury Ladies III remain on course for promotion from Division One after seeing off Ipswich V 4-1.
Nikki Cole opened the scoring for Bury, which was added to by Olivia Rush after a good run on the right by Teresa Smith.
With some great defensive work from Andrea Calver and Heidi Mathieson, and Boo Baker Munton continually tackling and pushing through on the left, the ball popped up at the back of the circle for Vikki Waspe to net the third.
Although Ipswich pulled one back, Cole wrapped things up.