Bakers seal Long Sutton hockey triumphs: Men at St Ives & Ladies versus Spalding
St Ives 1 LSHC Men 2
Long Sutton travelled to St Ives, a place where they usually struggle.
With a squad of 12, Sutton started the game well with Fox restored to the defence and Ellis alongside Jacob Synott in midfield; Ed White was restored to the flanks to add support to the full backs.
Sutton looked structured in defence with Harry Synott and Tom Burton ably supporting Fox and Baguley in the middle; the defence was helped by intelligent midfield play by PoM Jacob Synott and Ellis with Baker, Canham, Taylor, Collingwood Smith and White pressing high up.
Sutton started well in the second half then, after some excellent work from Ed White, the ball made its way to Baker, who dispatched it well into the net. This raised St Ives and their equaliser eventually came after their winger got behind the Sutton defence to cross it for an easy finish.
But 10 minutes from the end Baker cut into the D following a mazy run. He was tripped from behind and was awarded a flick which he duly dispatched.
Long Sutton Ladies 2
Sutton went into this derby on the back of a great performance last week, but knew that they were in for a tough match.
Spalding were above them in the league and had improved their squad since the reverse fixture.
Wallis was called into action quickly in a one-on-one with the new Spalding forward; while Sutton have learned to defend resolutely. Player of the match, Jess Burton, was magnificent in the timing of her tackles.
The Spalding keeper was drawn into one spectacular save from a fierce drive from Hannah Baker.
The half-time team talk was about continuing in the same vein.
Midway through the second half, a quick ball out by Tania White to Connie Gittins, who went on a lung bursting run the length of the pitch, and slipped the ball to Jemima Dodd on the P spot to give the keeper no chance.
A short corner was drilled out by Parr, to Hannah Baker, who struck a fierce shot which was well saved.
However the ball fell back to Baker, who lifted it calmly over the keeper to make it 2-0.
Spalding got a late goal, but Sutton held firm.
Next weekend: away at Saffron Walden.
LSHC Ladies Second 0 March Town 1sts 7
Saturday would have seen more goals if the Sutton keeper had not saved a flick and if POTM Martha Hoyles had not played so well.
Photo: Peele Leisure Centre – Long Sutton ladies (green) v Spalding.