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Lorraine Wallis takes hockey match award as Long Sutton Ladies draw with leaders Cambridge South

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LSHC Ladies First 0 Cambridge South 1sts 0

Long Sutton drew with the league leaders on Saturday after a mixed bag of results over the two games last weekend, a 3-0 win and a 3-0 loss.

Cambs South had swept all opposition aside without dropping points.

Long Sutton Hockey Club Ladies' PoM Lorraine Wallis.
Long Sutton Hockey Club Ladies' PoM Lorraine Wallis.

They had not taken into account the improvement in the Sutton team since their 4-0 victory earlier in the season.

As expected Cambs South came out of the blocks quickly but the defence of Cooper, Sullivan, White and Burton, with Parr in front, held firm.

The midfield of Dodd, Gittins (E) and Collingwood-Smith were working extremely hard to get at South and not give them time on the ball, with forwards Baker and Gittins (C) trying to move the game further up the pitch. South won numerous short corners but never really threatened.

With one sub Sutton could give everything and when Baker senior came on, Burton was pushed further forward to give South something a little different to think about. The half-time talk was of a half court press to allow South to have the ball in their 25 as they couldn’t punish Sutton there.

Sutton continued to work extremely hard in the second half, but were again pushed back. South continued to win short corners and up stepped a drag-flicker to try her luck, but anything that beat the resolute Sutton defence found an even more resolute keeper in Wallis. With a break in play due to an injury to a South player, with ten minutes to go, Sutton decided to leave a high forward in Baker junior with the thoughts of a smash and grab – however South won a short corner on the final whistle.

Sutton defended stoutly to see the game out and become the first team to take a point off the league leaders.

Player of the match: Lorraine Wallis (pictured), but any player could have been named.

Alford 2nds 0

LSHC Ladies Seconds 0

The Ladies 2nds also drew when they travelled to the seaside on a cool crisp sunny Saturday with a squad of 12.

Alford are never a walkover and this proceeded to be the case again, bringing the game to Sutton. With Cooper particularly impressive as well as the returning Hales and Grosvenor resolute in defence, the attacks launched by Alford were repelled.

The highly-skilled Emily Braginton in goal showed her quality to be well above 4NW (North).

Ultimately a draw was a fair result and captain Braginton got her clean sheet.

Player of the match: Imogen Cooper.

LSHC Men: Page 51

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