Sutton Men’s 1sts win 5-1 on Saturday after a trip up the A47
Long Sutton Men’s 1sts won 5-1 on Saturday after a trip up the A47.
This week the destination was the Dragons Den where Sutton looked forward to presenting their business case in the hope of coming away with three points in the bank.
The game started with a high tempo and both sides played good hockey in an even battle, James Cliff making a string of excellent saves to keep the scores level.
Sutton pushed on and 22 minutes in opened the scoring with an excellent finish from Tyler Hagan after good work from Danny Batten.
Sutton kept on the pressure and 2 minutes later Josh Baker made it 2-0 from the top of the D.
Some 26 minutes in and Hagan and Batten combined to pass to Alex Canham who finished well to increase the lead and then 90 seconds later Markillie and Canham combined to pass to Jacob Synott who finished under the keeper to make the half time score 4-0.
The half-time team talk was all about continuing the good work.
The second half started with the team holding what they had and were thankful for more saves from Cliff, however he could do little about the short corner which reduced the deficit.
As usual though, the young Sutton side did not lack spirit and pushed forward to try and restore their margin.
And once again it was Danny Batten who was heavily involved in the build up for Baker to send a thunderbolt into the net for his second and Sutton's fifth of the game.
The score finished 5-1 and the young team returned from the Dragons Den with the points to invest in the rest of their season – a very good team performance and a deserved result.
The Ladies 1sts lost 1-0 to Spalding.
Buoyed by a great team performance last week, despite not getting the result, Long Sutton Ladies went into this local derby full of confidence and the start of the game showed that confidence.
From the pushback, Sutton moved the ball upfield quickly and won the first short corner of the game. The initial strike was well saved by the Spalding GK but Connie Gittins was on hand to slam in the rebound with more of a cricket shot than a hockey shot.
The jubilation did not last long though as the goal was correctly ruled out by the umpires as the initial shot was too high.
Spalding slowly began to get more of a foothold in the game but great work from the Sutton defence of Jess Burton, Tania White, Maisie Sullivan and Lauren Cooper meant that the game was mainly being played in midfield with very little for either keeper to get too excited about.
Great movement from the midfield of Jemima Dodd, Jo Bland, Emmy Gittins and the versatile Rhian Goodge caused the Spalding defence to be on high alert but the final pass would just not quite fall correctly, for forwards Amber Jones and Connie Gittins to be able to make the break-through.
Half-time came with the score deadlocked at 0-0.
The second half continued in much the same vein, with both sides lacking that killer pass and with the ever-reliable Tania White keeping previous Sutton player Lyn Sullivan quiet it looked as if the game would end goalless. However, with Gemma Parr forced from the field with an injury gained from last week's game, Sutton's communication was lacking a little and a quick ball from Spalding found a player unmarked in the circle and with Sutton keeper Lorraine Wallis committed to ground the ball found its way into the net.
A bitter pill to swallow but with time running out Sutton threw the kitchen sink at Spalding and despite a mammoth effort with every single player giving their all, it was not to be. The final attack was cleared off the line, albeit with a possible foot, although to be fair to the umpires it was difficult to see in the low Autumn sunshine.
Next weekend (Sat., Nov. 24) is against Cambridge Nomads who find themselves in the higher regions of the division. Player of the match went to Jess Burton, returning to the ones, giving a gritty, assured performance against more experienced players.
Results Saturday, November 17
Men’s 1s won 5-1
Scorers: Josh Baker x2, Jacob Synnott, Alex Canham, Tyler Hagan
Mom: Josh Baker
Men’s 2s lost 6-1
Scorer: Luke Jackson
Mom: McKenzie East
Men’s 3s drew 4-4
Scorers: Ian White x2, John Sullivan, Jon Goodley
Mom: Albert Slator
Ladies 1sts lost 1-0
Mom: Jess Burton
Ladies 2s drew 1-1
Scorers: Katie Collingwood-Smith
Mom: Emma Grosvenor