Baker double cooks up men's 1sts draw at Dereham
Long Sutton Hockey Club results: Men’s 1s drew 2-2 at Dereham 2s. Scorer: Josh Baker x2. MoM: Stef Fox.
Men’s 2s won 1-0 against Spalding 3s. Scorer: Josh Fyson. MoM: Jimmy Harrison.
Men’s 3s won 2-1 against Leadenham 3s. Scorers: Jon Goodley, John Sullivan. MoM: Josh Woodrow.
Ladies 1s won 2-1 against Pelicans 1s. Scorers: Connie Gittins, Gemma Parr.
MoM: Connie Gittins.
Ladies 2s: no game.
Men’s 1sts report
Long Sutton travelled to Dereham with a slightly depleted squad after two withdrawals; no such worries for the returning Ed White.
The revised back four of Fox, Baguley, White and Oldfield held firm with able support from the ever improving Brad Whitmore in goal. The team battled well even though midfield dynamo Batten was on the bench resting his hamstrings.
Chances fell for both sides, with Josh Baker particularly annoying Dereham with his mazy runs; however Dereham scored first from a finely placed short corner which eluded Fox on the line – the only blemish on an excellent performance from the Man of the Match skipper.
During a series of short corners Baker managed to despatch a drag flick finish to level the scores. With the strong winds wreaking havoc with passes it was always likely that goals were going to come from set pieces.
The second half started with Sutton under a little pressure but the introduction of Batten allowed the game to be stretched a little. Whilst Dereham took the lead again from another short corner Sutton soon were pressing forward. Markillie nullified the threat from the Dereham playmaker and this allowed Sutton to earn another series of short corners; one of which resulted in another Baker drag flick finish to level the scores. ‘Goal line technology’ denied Jacob Synott the winner and Baker, Canham and Batten all had half-chances for a winner. It is a testament to the progress of the side that it felt like two points dropped.
Ladies 1sts report
The Ladies beat local rivals Pelicans in one of their best performances and avenged an away loss earlier in the season.
Just after four minutes in, Sarah Walker tackled a Pelicans player and played the ball to Emmy Gittins. Her run and pass to Amber Jones and quick pass to Connie Gittins allowed her to run at goal. She confidently slipped the ball past the sliding keeper. The Pelicans forward who was so dangerous in the previous game was man-marked by Maisie Sullivan. Walker went off with a pulled hamstring to be replaced by Rhian Goodge who, playing in an unfamiliar and key role, gave her all. Pelicans forced a short corner on the half-hour mark and scored from the breakdown.
But Gemma Parr picked the ball up on the 25 and drove through tackles before nutmegging the Pelicans’ keeper for what proved to be the winner.
After half-time Hannah Baker replaced Jones and her shot went just wide. A green card for Sutton gave Pelicans hope. Just before the final whistle Pelicans put the ball in the net, but the whistle had already gone for an offence.