Waltham Forest 2,
Long Sutton 1st 3
AFTER the long drive to London, Long Sutton made a leisurely start before a lovely flowing move allowed Sisson to slot home and break the deadlock.
This could have sparked Sutton into life, but Waltham equalised and then took a 2-1 interval lead.
Skipper Harrison ignited the team in the half time team talk and Sutton were soon passing the ball with pace and precision opening up Waltham time after time.
Sutton were rewarded with an own goal as the Waltham keeper swept the ball into his own net and further pressure resulted in the winner for Ben Shore who smashed his shot into the bottom corner.
Long Sutton 2nd 3,
City of Peterborough 7ths 2
Sutton put on a spirited winning display for the home supporters but almost threw the points away following a determined fight back by a well-drilled Peterborough team.
Sutton took the initiative early with the strike partnership of Luke Lovegrove and Stefan Fox stretching the Peterborough defence and the side’s first short corner was put away by man-of-the-match Jeremy Watt.
The second goal came from Nick Bailey who deflected the ball into an empty net.
Peterborough pulled a goal back following an error by Sutton’s defence and equalised from a short corner which was smartly roofed in the top corner.
With 10 minutes to go Sutton put away what was to be the winning goal when Adam Taylor and Lovegrove set up Bailey who was able to guide his shot into the roof of the net.
Horncastle 2nd 5,
Long Sutton 4th 2
Sutton put up a creditable performance against a solid and experienced home side in this Division 6NW (N) match which started a little late due to the mud being scraped off the pitch.
Long Sutton’s goalkeeping crisis brought the return of Simon Clarke after an absence of seven years and he single-handedly kept Horncastle at bay.
Substitute Ed White had a day to forget, attempting to intercept a bullet cross from Horncastle’s right wing, he deflected it into the top corner of his own goal, then moments later he slipped on the muddy surface and sprained his ankle.
Jack Smith, son of vice captain Jeremy Smith, slotted home in the first half and later on Simon Wakeham pounced on a short corner rebound.
The 4ths are playing some good hockey and moving the ball with confidence, which will be sorely needed when they entertain league leaders Leadenham.
Long Sutton 3rd 5,
Long Sutton 4th 1
No quarter asked for and none given in a typically blood and thunder inter-club derby.
Matt King found himself enough space to bag a brace of goals, Sargeant got another, Dan Fisher also scored and Jack Smith poached another to add to his growing tally. It was the returning Russ Brockwell who notched the last minute consolation which was nothing less than they deserved.
Simon Wakeham made a comeback after a two-and-a-half year injury break, but his fellow midfielder Harry Thorpe (a mere 40 years his junior) took the MoM.
Long Sutton Ladies 1st 1, Ipswich 2nd 5
Long Sutton started lethargically and before they knew it they were 3-0 down. Sutton started to work the ball well down the right side to put pressure on the Ipswich defence,seeing Leanne Woodhead and Sarah Walker being taken out in front of goal. In the second half things seemed much more even, but Ipswich were clinical in front of goal, popping in two more goals. Sutton managed to get one goal back through a clearance from Lorraine Wallis, that took two passes to get to Leanne Woodhead to pop in.
Player of the match: Charlene Leuty.
Skegness 1st 11,
Long Sutton Ladies 2nd 0
Skegness proved too strong despite hard work and strong tackling.
The goal was covered well by emergency keeper Lisa Baker and the defence but Skegness found the right areas as the goals flowed in.
Short corners were defended with a new technique which worked well and the short corners were no longer being turned into goals.
The new players from the juniors had their first league game sagely assisted by the still young but more experienced player of the match Katie Ireland.