Vital victory for Sutton

Long Sutton 1st 3,

Harpenden 1st 2

Sutton gained a valuable three points but made hard work of this bottom of the table clash.

They started well and created some good chances but just like Harpenden couldn’t capitalise.

Whatling then won a short corner and from this Hales smashed in the opener.

Harpenden started the second half the strongest, but it was Sutton who doubled the lead. Harrison’s shot was stopped on the line by a foot and he slotted in the penalty flick.

Sutton should have put the game to bed after some excellent counter attacking hockey gave them some golden opportunities which they couldn’t convert. Then Ashley Taylor picked up the ball on Harpenden’s 23 and drove into the D unleashing a low thunderbolt into the corner to make it 3-1.

Harpenden scored immediately after and put Sutton under some great pressure, but Sutton still looked dangerous on the counter and again created some excellent chances.

Bourne Deeping 2nd 2,

Long Sutton 2nd 3

After a strong performance last week Sutton were determined to come home with the points this weekend which they did.

Bourne scored the opening goal through a short corner but Sutton came back strongly and with some good team play Ben Shore was able to score the equaliser.

Sutton continued to press and again excellent team work and a well-timed run from Jason Mallett allowed him to slot home Sutton’s second goal. Bourne made it 2-2 before the break.

Shore restored Sutton’s lead in the second half and although Bourne fought back they could not break down a resolute Sutton defence. Notable performances from Jeremy Watt, Jason Mallett, and Connor Allen (mom).

Long Sutton 3rd 4, Alford 2nd 1

Sutton fielded a much changed side but were soon in their stride.

With Albert Slator superb in goal and Dave Maris and Matt King marshalling the defence it was a surprise when Alford took the lead.

Sutton were soon level through Alex Canham. Indeed, just before half time, Sutton took the lead after an Ed White drive was saved and Dan Fisher pounced on the rebound to tap home.

Sutton started the second half well and Canham made it 3-1 and the match was wrapped up after White had a shot stopped illegally on the line and Canham (pom) despatched the resultant flick.

Long Sutton 4th 0,

Grantham 1st 7

Sutton’s squad, although young, didn’t lack spirit or determination against top of the league Grantham.

After an excellent first half, with some outstanding play from Sam Gray, David Shire, George Smith, Jeremy and Jack Smith, Sutton went into the break a respectable 2-0 down.

After the break, as tired legs set in with Sutton, Grantham took advantage with five more goals.

Long Sutton Ladies 1st 7, Horncastle 1st 0

Top of the table Long Sutton started well and saw themselves 5-0 up at half time with goals from Leanne Woodhead (pom) 2, Sarah Walker, Sophie Hart (pom) and Melissa Ludlam.

Halfway through the second half Sutton scored again through Sophie Hartand. Shortly after Louise Southgate made it 7-0.

Player of the match was shared between Sophie Hart and Leanne Woodhead.

Long Sutton Ladies 2nd 1, Lincoln Roses 2nd 2

It was back to school for Long Sutton as they lost out.

From a rare fluent passing movement including several players, Long Sutton’s goal came when Katie Ireland hit the target.

Despite several battling performances and Louise Billingham running tirelessly up front, Lincoln held on.