Point advantage retained as Reid helps Bury to triumph
Bury St Edmunds Under-18 Boys reached the quarter-finals of the England Hockey Knockout Plate with a 4-0 triumph at Bourne Deeping.
Jack Knight, Keiran Devlin and Ben Whittaker put Bury firmly in charge, while the defensive backline of Will Tooke, Louis Totton and Joe Tasker were rarely troubled and Kristian Jennings in goal had a quiet first half.
The tie was settled following a typical jinking run into the circle and shot from Oli Lawson.
n Another Bury side to reach the quarter-finals of a national competition are Bury Ladies Over-35s.
They overcame Holcombe in the last 16 of the Over-35s’ Trophy thanks to a flying start that saw Sharon Holton fire home twice in the opening 10 minutes.
Holcombe got a goal back, but the squad of Holton, Katie Bedford, Millie Collins, Julie Grayling, Alex Thurlow, Andrea Calver, Vic Sandall, Polly Salmon, Jet Konrath, Lynn Whittingstall, Jenny Clark and Julie Dunger held firm.
n Harry Reid was among the scorers as Bury Men retained their place at the summit of East Men’s League Division Three North East.
Bury overcame Ipswich Cranes 3-0 to remain a point clear of Pelicans at the summit.
n Ten-man Bury II earned three hard points at home to second-bottom Dereham III in Division Four North East.
Lee Godbold levelled the scores after Dereham took the lead and Bury — with Dom Kavanagh and Peter Skidmore to the fore — continued to dominate possession before finally taking the lead they deserved.
Tom Dyke busted a gut to break into the circle and finish Peter Skidmore’s cross.
n Bury IV held on for a deserved point against title-chasing Ipswich-East Suffolk (IES) IV in Division Five North East.
Bury began to make inroads into the IES defence and were unlucky not to score when Matt Thompson had a good effort saved before Bill Tasker missed an open goal.
Despite some late IES pressure, Bury held out for a deserved point and continue to inch ever closer to safety.
n Bury Ladies remain mid-table in East Women’s League Division One North after a 2-0 home defeat to title-chasing Bedford II.
n There was no score as Bury II made one of their longest away trips of the season — to Sheringham in Division Two North East.
Player of the match was awarded to Sonia Jewers, while Ellie Sarson produced a personal best performance.
n Thetford Ladies remain rooted to the foot of the Empresa Norfolk Women’s League Premier Division after going down 5-1 to Harleston Magpies III.
Ella Stenton got Thetford’s goal, while Sophie Wheeler, Kathy Hammond, Sarah Nichol, Karen Hodgkinson, Carla Pinto, Sharon Brimson, Josie Sheahan and captain Paula Scott did their best despite the team having just 10 players.
n Bury Under-14 Boys won 5-1 at Harleston Magpies in the latest round of the England Hockey Board Under-14s League.
Playing with just 10 men and Jacob Walton as goalkeeper for the first time, James Ross, Hugo Thompson and Tom Steed were among the scorers.
There was excellent defensive work from Adam Fairhead and Rohan Salisbury, while Harvey Sarson and Jess Walters dominated midfield.