Hockey: Baker hat-trick for Long Sutton Men in 10-goal Horncastle thriller
Horncastle 4 LSHC Men 6
Long Sutton headed off with the recent home win against the North Lincolnshire side fresh in the memory and one change from last week, with East replacing Ellis.
Sutton lined up with the midfield partnership of Batten and Jacob Synott being supported by Josh Baker as they looked to dominate the home side as they did in January.
The plan worked well, whilst Fox and Baguley kept anything Horncastle threw at them up-front quiet.
Baker was at his mercurial best, mazy runs driving the team forward, ably supported by the likes of man of the match White, who played well on the flank, and Batten, who made the type of runs into the D Horncastle were missing; it was Batten who opened the scoring with a composed finish following a short corner.
Baker doubled the lead after good team play in the build-up – however Horncastle pushed Sutton back to bring the score back to 2-2 after 28 minutes inspired by their roaming attacking player. Cue the Sutton comeback. Jacob Synott, one of the success stories this season, drove the team forward and James Collingwood-Smith scored a super goal.
In the second half Canham, Taylor, East and Jacob Synott pressed the home side; forcing errors which allowed Batten, Baker and the intelligent White to start attacks which resulted in a second goal for Baker.
Even a Horncastle goal against the run of play did not deter Sutton as White, who had moved to left back to cover the injured Synott, beat three players, flicked the ball up on the half volley and buried it past the keeper.
Fox stopped ex-Sutton player Shore from stealing a tap-in; however Horncastle did bring it back to 5-4 with three minutes to go.
After good work from Canham, Baker completed a very good hat-trick and Sutton were three wins from six since the new year; sadly they were 0 from 11 before Christmas.
PoM: Edmund White.
• Action is from LSHC Ladies' recent derby versus Spalding