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Late St Ives goals mean Long Sutton hockey men still seeking first point of season

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Long Sutton came into this game looking for two things; their first point of the season and the spirit they had played with last season.

At the end of the game they had only achieved one of these goals.

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The game started at a high tempo with Tom Burton particularly lively and Dan Batten running the midfield, matching his good engine with intelligent play; in fact on six minutes Sutton should have taken the lead and only Nick Ellis will know how he managed to hit the post with the goal gaping.

The only thing the game missed in the first half was a goal, thanks to some excellent keeping from both Brad Whitmore and the St Ives keeper.

The second half started well with Sutton applying pressure and it was no surprise when they took the lead through an excellent reverse shot from Josh Baker.

St Ives managed to equalise from a short corner going into the last 10 minutes. Sutton pushed on looking for a late winner and then five minutes from the end got hit with a sucker punch, conceding from a short corner.

They pushed forward even more in search of an equaliser and conceded a late goal. A lot of positives from the game as the team played with a good spirit and there were a number of good performances all over the pitch.

Player of the match: Tom Burton.

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