Basemement strugglers shock Ladies
PUBLISHED: 14:22 27 February 2002 | UPDATED: 11:26 03 March 2010
HOCKEY: Ipswich Ladies 1 Sutton Coldfield 2. Bottom side Sutton Coldfield sprung something of a surprise as victory moved them to within two points of Ipswich Ladies.
Ipswich Ladies 1 Sutton Coldfield 2
BOTTOM side Sutton Coldfield sprung something of a surprise as victory moved them to within two points of Ipswich Ladies.
The Tuddenham Road side had started well and relentless pressure led to them gaining a penalty after ten minutes.
Tanya Barnard was blocked in the act of shooting and Leisa King, fresh from England's triumph abroad in the Champions Cup, calmly put the flick away.
Ipswich continued to build on their foundation and Sutton found it hard to link their passes into any sort of attack, but the game took a dramatic turn five minutes later when the Ipswich defence was penalised for a challenge in their circle.
This time Sutton were awarded the penalty flick and even though goalkeeper, Hannah Robinson got a touch to the ball she could not stop Kate Thomas equalising.
Tempers began to rise after the interval and Colleen Adcock was shown the yellow card for what was deemed a dangerous tackle.
Sutton started to push up and pressurise the Ipswich defence in numbers, but when the home side regained possession, they squandered several easy chances in front of the visitors' goal.
Both teams realised that the three points were vital to their respective positions in the Premier Division of the English Hockey League and Sutton should have gone ahead when they awarded another penalty, but on this occasion Robinson saved brilliantly.
With 15 minutes left, Sutton grabbed the winner through Helen Morris from a short corner routine and they held on to gain only their second win of the season.