Long Sutton Hockey Club's ladies' 2nd team beat Ely in a dominant display
Long Sutton Hockey Club's ladies' 2nd team travelled to Ely for their final game before the Christmas break.
They were forced into a shuffle of the pack; with Lucy Smith being called up to the firsts, George Synnott stepped into the void at right back while Gemma Parr dropped into centre back - with Esme Whitelam positioned just in front of the defence.
Sutton started brightly and Synott had the left forward of Ely in her pocket, snuffing any attack the opposition tried to muster. Lottie Dack combined well with Amelia Norey down the right, but a combination of good goalkeeping and last ditch defending meant that Wendy Canham was not able to find the elusive finish.
Great work from Esme Whitelam and Jasmine Smith in the middle switched play to both Penny Perowne and Florence Perowne down the left, but the goal would not come.
With a squad of 13, Sutton were able to bring on fresh legs and Aimee Betts and Lynne Braginton bought increased impetus. Julie Skate defended the left flank as well as George on the right, orchestrated by the experience of Gemma Parr - with Wallis a spectator in goal. Half time came with no goals, although Sutton had come close from a short corner strike from Gemma Parr which went narrowly past the post.
Lottie Dack, Lynne Braginton and Wendy Canham all went close before Sutton took the lead that their dominance deserved from a short corner and a slightly mis-hit shot from Gemma Parr.
Amelia Norey then ensured there was no way back for Ely on the stroke of full time. A fine run down the left and a super strike from the top of the D seen Sutton leave with all three points and a lofty spot near the top of the table.
Esme Whitelam was amongst those considered for the player of the match having covered every blade of the pitch, while some great attacking play from both Florence Perowne and Amelia Norey didn't go unnoticed.
However, after impressing in a new position of right defence the award was quite rightly taken by Synnott.