Baker hockey treble earns Long Sutton Men first win of season versus Horncastle after 11 games with zero points
Long Sutton Men’s 1sts 3 Horncastle 2
After 11 games with zero points, Sutton celebrated the new pitch and coming together for the first time in 2020 with a win.
Missing captain Fox, Batten and Oldfield, Sutton, under the lights at the Astro, took the game to Horncastle with Taylor, Baker, Will White and Canham linking up well up front – and it was no surprise when Baker scored a fantastic finish. Baker made it 2-0 from another good finish.
Horncastle got a goal back. Sutton rotated with good support from the bench from East, Braginton and Collingwood-Smith and got to half-time 2-1 leaders.
The second half started with good pressure from Horncastle but Baguley, Burton, Harry Synott and Ed White held firm in front of the impressive Whitmore in goal. Jacob Synott anchored the midfield well all game and Ellis showed his hockey brain. Horncastle found an equaliser and in an exciting final 10 minutes, MoM Baker completed a hat-trick to bag the winner.
LSHC Ladies First 2 Bourne Deeping 1sts 1
New year, new pitch and the ladies’ 1st team had been allocated prime spot.
With a full squad and a new player in Charlotte Walsh, confidence was high. From the whistle blow, Sutton showed they meant business, driving at the opposition with pace.
The game was played in the BDHC half for much of the opening minutes and this resulted in Gemma Parr surging through the middle of the pitch and into the D.
She was unlucky that her shot didn’t hit the back of the net. Bourne Deeping were not going to lie down and Lorraine Wallis saved easily.
Jess Burton was having one of her best games overlapping the midfield to create openings up the right-hand side of the pitch. Sutton were using their skill and pace to good effect.
However, against the flow of play, Bourne Deeping had the last laugh of the half as they converted a short corner by passing to the far post and slotting home past Wallis who, along with Tania White on the post, had little chance of stopping such a well-executed routine.
Half time and key messages delivered by Josh Baker and captain, Jo Bland resulted in Sutton coming out fighting for the second 35.
Sutton again started strongly but were indebted to Wallis for an outstanding double save to keep the ladies in the game. MoM Gemma Parr was controlling the game as only she can, breaking up numerous threats and distributing every time.
One such occasion found Connie Gittins who slipped the ball into space behind the defender for Jo Bland to race on to. She drove into the D and found the keeper bang in front. Her initial shot rebounded kindly and she lifted the ball over the prostrate keeper into the empty net.
The goal gave the crowd something to cheer about and the team a boost. Winning the game was all that was on anyone’s minds and another defense splitting ball found Katie Collingwood-Smith bearing down on goal. She calmly took the ball round the advancing keeper before smashing home for the lead.
Inevitably, Bourne Deeping threw everything but Sutton were resolute in defence with everyone playing outstandingly well. Sutton ran the clock down and saw out the remaining time to start off the second half of the season unbeaten and upbeat.
Thanks must go to all the supporters who were vociferous for every minute of the game. Also to the umpires who kept the game flowing and the team for making sure that the turkey and sweets were kept to a manageable level in the festive break.
LSHC Ladies Seconds 4 Spilsby 1sts 0
A strong Sutton squad included Lou Southgate, Lisa Baker, Martha Hoyles and Sally Hoyles.
Scorers were Southgate in the first half with a brace, while the second half was a comfortable walk along the beach; Smith, Smith, Hoyles senior, Braginton senior, Synott, Canham and the ‘Skater’ girls all working hard to compliment the rest of the team.
Baker scored and young Cooper stole in and poached a goal.
PoM: Imogen Cooper.