Alford 1st 9, Long Sutton 2nd 1
SUTTON travelled away to play Alford 1st with several key players missing due to injury and availability issues.
Sutton did start strongly and for the first 15 minutes the game looked like it could be anyone’s with the play being end to end.
But when Alford took the lead the game turned into redemption for their visit to Sutton earlier in the season where they were taken apart and beaten 9-0 and their unbeaten run was halted.
The tables were turned this weekend, with Sutton conceding nine, however man-of-the-match James “Pigman” Cliff pulled off some fantastic saves keeping the deficit in single figures for Sutton.
The consolation Sutton goal came from the persistent Fred Whatling.
Sutton worked hard with Dan Batten, who narrowly missed the man-of-the-match, tirelessly throughout, but unfortunately they couldn’t turn things around. A disappointing result but a good effort from Sutton.
Long Sutton 3rd 4,
Spalding 4th 0
IN the last game of their season, Sutton’s young side were evenly matched against Spalding.
Sutton took the lead through Ian White after good work by Lovegrove and Canham.
Spalding worked to get back into the game but once again the excellent Slator and Dave Maris in defence, assisted by man-of-the-match Ben Maris in a new wing back position ensured the home team kept a clean sheet.
Sutton continued to create opportunities and Canham made it 2-0 with a reverse flick following good work from Lovegrove.
A third followed when Ed and Ian White combined to score a short corner routine and the final score became 4-0 when Lovegrove scored an expertly placed penalty flick.
A great finish to the season in captain Andy Clarke’s last game in charge, with some good performances to take forward to the next campaign.
Long Sutton 4ths 7,
City of Peterborough 9ths 0
THE long-suffering 4ths finally got a win with their last game of the season.
Peterborough’s development side is loaded with youngsters, so not too much should be taken from the scoreline, but it was an enjoyable friendly match and a chance for all the players to express themselves.
George Smith used his pace to good effect to claim a hat trick and Dan Fisher scored a brace of goals.
Knowing that the visitors were bringing some youngsters, Sutton gave debuts to three of their own and all three performed splendidly.
Will White was a constant threat with his dribbling skills and he scored with a fine strike from a penalty corner, Harry Synnott gave a confident and mature display and also got on the scoresheet, while Harry Thorpe came up with a man-of-the-match performance in central midfield with pace and fearless tackling.
With three other under 14s also playing well, in Sam Gray, David Shire and Jack Smith, the signs for next season are looking good.
A great way to finish the season for everyone: the only two who could be less than happy were the outgoing captain Matt King, who missed the chance to play through a cruel thumb injury and newly-crowned player of the season, goalkeeper Josh Thody, as Sutton’s dominance left him in the unaccustomed role of spectator for most of the game.