Letchworth 5, Long Sutton 3
THIS was another abject display which cost Sutton dear as they slumped to another East Premier B defeat on Saturday.
Sutton began on a positive note and although the promotion-chasing home team had good possession the visitors looked dangerous on the counter attack.
Both teams had good chances to take the lead with Sutton grateful to keeper Jake Loweth and the fine reactions of Andy Shore in defence.
A spell of good Sutton pressure then resulted in a string of corners, with Josh Fyson opening the scoring with a thunderous shot that the home keeper was unable to stop.
The away team then added a second when a good long ball from Nick Ellis found Gary Hales who was able to put the ball across for Danny Sisson to finish. Sutton finished the half playing controlled hockey and looking good for their lead.
The second period began with Letchworth increasing their pace and finding their forwards with greater regularity. Sutton did have chances on the break but gradually the pressure built and only Loweth and some fine last ditch defending kept Sutton in the game.
Eventually the inevitable happened and a cross came from a home player who had run through from the back and crossed to an unmarked player at the back post and the comeback began.
Four goals followed in the next ten minutes as Sutton struggled both mentally and physically to deal with the onslaught. Towards the end of the game the visitors regained their composure and Jake Read added a consolation goal as his short corner deceived the home keeper.
Sutton had further chances but the damage had been done and they must hope they can build on a much improved first half and manage to play for the full 70 minutes this coming Saturday at Norwich.