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Long Sutton Mens 1sts 5, City of Peterborough 3rds 5

After a week off, Long Sutton’s men went into this fixture against third placed Peterborough with confidence.

A strong side welcomed back Mckenzie East for one week only and started brightly.

Joshua Baker in action. Photo: KEN SMITH (52804134)
Joshua Baker in action. Photo: KEN SMITH (52804134)

Josh Baker opened the scoring after picking up a loose ball in Peterboroughs defence, strolling into the D and dispatching high into the netting.

Shortly after, captain Holmes’ game ended after a finger injury from a short corner.

Sutton’s bright start halted after that and they were unable to string passes together. Peterborough punished this and the half ended 4-1 to the visitors.

Joshua Fyson. Photo: KEN SMITH (52804132)
Joshua Fyson. Photo: KEN SMITH (52804132)

A brutally honest team talk and a reshuffle of formation led to a much better second half.

Peterborough tried to hold the ball, passing around the back, but forwards East and Tyler Hagan punished their mistakes with a vengeance.

They picked up the loose balls, linking well with Nick Ellis and Brad Sargeant out wide as well as with the midfield.

Chances weren’t far behind and two minutes after the restart Josh Fyson calmly slotted home from a short corner.

The fightback was on. Two minutes later Joshua Baker added another with a nearly taken penalty flick into the top left corner, swiftly followed up 30 seconds later by Fyson’s second.

So, 15 minutes into the second half and the scores were all level and now it was Peterborough who looked down and out.

With the midfield and forward line still too much to handle for Peterborough’s defence, a quick taken long corner from Josh Baker and a neat reverse from Josh Fyson saw Sutton go 5-4 up.

It was about this time that Peterborough woke up and started to play hockey.

They made their way into the Sutton half and for the majority of the half they were given no opportunity, with keeper James Cliff and the defence of Micheal Donaghy, Dan Oldfield and Sam Gray swiftly dulling any fast counters.

It must be said that when needed the whole side pulled together to defend and were unfortunate to concede with less than three minutes to play.

Sutton did have one final throw of the dice with one last short corner in the dying moments of the game, but it was not to be.

  • Long Sutton Men’s 2nds were given a 5-0 win after March 2nds conceded the fixture and the Men’s 3rds lost 5-0 to top of the league Cambridge Nomads 3rds.
  • The Ladies 1sts lost 3-1 to Spalding 1sts, with Amber Jones scoring and the Ladies 2nds lost 2-1 to Wisbech 3rds in a friendly, Wendy Canham scoring.

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