Spoils shared after 10-goal thriller

Long Sutton 5, Pelicans 5

Long Sutton gained another East Premier B point in a rollercoaster game at the Peele School on Saturday.

An extraordinary opening 15 minutes saw both sides looking to push forward with the game moving from end to end with very little attention being paid to marking, somehow the game remained deadlocked until Gary Hales squared for Nick Bailey to provide the deftest of finishes.

Pelicans soon equalised but the home team regained the lead as great work from Will Cook saw him release Hales who lashed home. Again Sutton allowed the visitors back as they conceded another short corner which was converted.

The second period opened with Pelicans launching a long ball into the circle which was deflected and fell kindly to a forward who deflected it past keeper Jake Loweth. The hosts equalised as they managed to force a number of corners themselves before Jeremy Watt crashed home a well worked move.

The away team responded with another goal before Sutton produced their best period of the game, Danny Sisson was upended but got up to convert the penalty. As the tension mounted a number of bad challenges began to appear and Pelicans found themselves down to nine. The hosts managed to take the lead at this point as a good through ball was converted by Sisson, a golden chance to make the game safe was squandered as Sutton won another penalty but this time the goalkeeper provided the save.

With the visitors back to full strength the home team saw themselves reduced to ten for the last few minutes. Pelicans piled on the pressure and forced a number of late corners before they breached the defence with seconds to go. Sutton must work on their ball retention and not conceding as many corners when they face the long trip to London to take on the silky skills of Ramgharia on Saturday.

Long Sutton 3rds 2, Leadenham 1st 2

Leadenham took the lead when the otherwise immaculate goalkeeper Albert Slator welcomed a weak shot into his goal.

A second soon followed, as the defence inexplicably backed off to allow the visiting forward to score with a second attempt after Slator had saved his first effort.

Skipper Andy Clarke reshuffled his pack after the break to get more pace in attack and more control in midfield and it worked a treat as Stefan Fox slammed home a great through ball from Mark Simpson. Sutton gained an equaliser when Ian White buried a short corner.

Long Sutton Ladies 1, Newmarket 2

Long Sutton started strongly, but once Newmarket settled in they took the lead halfway through the first half.

Sutton equalised soon after with Mel Ludlam scoring from a short corner. Hannah Greenacre also made her first team debut this week, showing everyone she really deserves her place.

Sutton started the second half on the back foot, failing to put away many easy chanches of a goal. This continued through the whole of the second halfand Newmarket put in a second goal from a breakaway. Sutton left the game very frustrated with what should have been an easy win. The player of the match was Mel Ludlam.