Amber Jones and Connie Gittins strike for Long Sutton hockey ladies at Saffron Walden
Saffron Walden 1 LSHC Ladies 3
Long Sutton followed up some impressive performances with a fine win.
Saffron Walden started the better of the two teams, but Sutton settled, looking to get the ball forward quickly to Connie Gittins and Hannah Baker.
They were dealt a blow less than 10 minutes in. Lauren Cooper stretched for a bouncing ball and immediately knew a serious injury had occurred.
She needed help from the pitch and in hospital it was confirmed it is a season-ending injury.
Ten minutes later a clash of heads saw Lisa Baker having to leave the pitch.
Jemima Dodd went to left back and Amber Jones to left mid and Sutton continued to be resolute and determined.
They were rewarded when Connie Gittins slotted past the static keeper.
The second half saw Sutton dominate, with the impressive Gemma Parr clearing up in front of the back four.
Baker senior returned to the field, although Baker junior retired at half-time with a shoulder injury.
Amber Jones unselfishly played the ball across the D to Connie Gittins who swept home with a delightful reverse sweep for her and Sutton’s second.
Shortly after another clever ball from Jess Burton found Katie Collingwood Smith. She played the ball across for Amber Jones to make it 3-0.
Saffron Walden did eventually find the net from a short corner.
Player of the match:Connie Gittins.
LSHC Men 1
Norwich City 2nds 6
Defeat came after their first away win of the season last week.
Norwich took a 2-0 lead and, although the prolific Baker made it 1-2, the expected fightback stopped there.
Spalding 3rds 3
LSHC Ladies Second 0
A first half of promise from the ever-developing squad.
PoM: Lucy Smith, an outstanding performance.
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