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Long Sutton Ladies keeper Lorraine Wallis shines in Bourne Deeping draw

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Bourne Deeping 1sts 0 LSHC Ladies First 0

After a hard pre-season Sutton came into this game with optimism on a very hot day but with only one sub.

The familiar set-up was Lorraine Wallis in goal, Tania White sweeping, Lauren Cooper, Maisie Sullivan and Lisa Baker across the defence, Gemma Parr, Jess Burton, Emmy Gittins and captain Jo Bland holding the midfield, with Connie Gittins and Jemima Dodd the high players; Hannah Baker ready to come on at the first opportunity.

Wisbech 1st v Bishops Stortford 1st Hockey. (17274762)
Wisbech 1st v Bishops Stortford 1st Hockey. (17274762)

Sutton attacked down both flanks with pace and skill through Burton and Emmy Gittins. Equally, the Long Sutton defenders were called into action. The stalemate continued for the opening quarter. The heat was taking its toll and regular substitutions were needed.

Both sides were frustrated at times in equal measure throughout the half, none more so than when Sutton drove forward into the D. Jo Bland tackled the defender and managed to push home but unfortunately she was adjudged to have pushed the defender and the goal was ruled out.

Wallis in the Sutton goal was at her stunning best.

As the second half began, Sutton dealt with most of Bourne Deeping’s attacks without too much worry. The nearest Sutton came to conceding was a ball across the area, deflected by Lisa Baker. The ball was destined for the corner only for Wallis to scramble back and deflect wide.

Another outstanding save saw her falling back and still manage to get a pad high enough to block the ball. At the other end Hannah Baker found herself in space but was closed down.

Captain Bland was full of praise for her charges in the post-match team talk. The youth have grown from last year and held their own against a strong BDHC team. Maisie Sullivan tackled with strength and determination, Jemima Dodd and Jess Burton showed a turn of pace.

Hannah Baker will give the team an extra dimension in the coming weeks. This coupled with the experience of the returning Lisa Baker, Cooper, Bland, Parr, White and Wallis gives the side a good balance.

Speed, strength and skill will hopefully prove a winning combination in the coming months in a re-jigged league with new teams and new challenges.

LSHC Men’s First 2

Kettering 1sts 3

As often happens when the start of the cricket season overlaps with the end of the hockey season, Long Sutton entertained a 14-man Kettering squad with the bare 11 players.

Sutton started steadily, despite missing the Synott boys through injury and Dan Oldfield through a number of lovely cover drives. The young lads worked hard to make up for the loss of Sam Markillie from last season. They were only 3-1 down at half-time to the well-drilled Kettering side.

In the second half the team played with a little more intelligence and purpose and as a consolation ‘drew the second half’!

Ultimately it was always going to be a big ask for 11 players to get anything from a game in warm conditions.

Scorers: Dan Batten & Josh Baker.

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