Sutton in high spirits

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Dereham 3, Long Sutton 1

Long Sutton lost out to the league leaders in this Premier B clash but gave a spirited performance, particularly in the second half.

Sutton had the first clear cut chance as a wayward pass found its way to Gary Hales who was denied by some sharp goalkeeping.

Dereham then applied a great deal of pressure and were rewarded by two quick goals, one from the penalty spot and another from a well worked move that left a tap-in.

The home team then had the chance to put the game beyond Sutton after Will Cook’s foul was adjudged serious enough to merit another stroke.

Keeper Jake Loweth denied the penalty taker and Sutton began to build their way back into the match.

The second period began with the visitors pushing forward and Jeremy Watt beginning to play his smooth passing game.

With Cook threatening down the left and Danny Sisson, bringing his pace to the attack, the away side began to spend more time on the ball and in the Dereham half.

A third goal came when Dereham finished with a ball that crept over the line.

This galvanized Sutton, who then pushed on and forced a number of corners before Watt lashed home after his initial effort had been blocked.

Sutton applied the pressure but were unable to add any more goals against a Dereham side heading for a swift return to a higher league.

Sutton face local rivals Pelicans on Saturday at the Peele School (1pm).