Sutton suffer penalty heartbreak in trophy

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Long Sutton 1st 2,

Norwich 1st 2

Long Sutton lost out on penalty strokes in this nail-biting HA Trophy game on Sunday.

Both teams started well, putting both goals under some pressure, but neither side being able to capitalise. The second half saw the game come to life.

Norwich opened the scoring and then quickly added a second.

Sutton reacted well and closed Norwich down all over the park with their tireless work rate.

Jimmy Harrison launched an aeriel to Allen who sprinted down the wing and found Hales in the D to crash home. With two minutes left Sutton had a penalty corner and Nick Ellis fired it in, and Danny Sisson got the slightest of touches tp deflect the ball into the goal.

Sutton dominated both periods of extra time creating good chances, Harrison having his shot saved on the line after a good effort by Ben Shore.

Sutton could not find a break through and in the penalty flicks. Nick Bailey, Danny Sisson and Gary Hales all scored, and Jacob Loweth saved two low to his right to leave it at 3-3 after 10.

This left sudden death, in which Bailey hit the post, and the Norwich player sent Loweth the wrong way to win the game.

Long Sutton 1st 02,

Cambridge Univ2nds 6

Sutton were beaten well on Saturday by a strong Cambridge University side.

They did create the first chances of the game but couldn’t convert and then the students struck twice to leave the score 2-0 at half time.

Sutton pushed on in the second half but this allowed the game to be more open and Cambridge took advantage to score four more.

Long Sutton Ladies 1st 3,

Ipswich 3rds 1

Sutton created many goal chances before Robyn Gribble came onto the pitch, using her first touch of the game to score the first goal.

Rebecca Kierman also scored twice.

Player of the match was Sally Cade for her excellent defensive and attacking play.

Other results: Long Sutton 2nds 4, Spalding 3rds 3; Long Sutton 3rds 3, Spalding 4ths 1; Long Sutton 1, Leadenham 1sts 4; Long SuttonLadies 2nds 16, Horncastle 2nds 0.