Both Long Sutton hockey men's and ladies' 1sts teams win over Dereham and Bury
LSHC Men 5 Dereham 2nds 1
Sutton won their battle of two basement teams at the Peele Astro on Saturday.
Dereham arrived with 10 men and unsurprisingly were put under pressure right from the start. Sutton were not at their best but their quality was still too much for Dereham; with Alex Canham opening the scoring with a deflected finish after good work from Ed White and then Josh Baker finishing with his customary aplomb to make it 2-0.
Half time came and the usual team talk followed with a number of different opinions being heard but all agreeing that there were goals to be scored against the spirited Dereham side. The second half started and in true Sutton fashion instead of adding to the lead they conceded a goal!
Sutton since Christmas have been a different prospect though and the current group of players are focused on finishing the season with pride before the club has a reset in the summer; therefore it was no surprise when Baker added his second goal to restore the two goal cushion. Sutton eased towards the end of the game with Dom Ibrahim and MoM Tom Burton the pick of the Sutton team on the day.
Sutton were not finished scoring with both Will Taylor and James Collingwood Smith finishing well to make the final score 5-1 a stunning scoreline if not a stunning performance! Final mention should go to Matt Bragington for doubling up in goal on the day for the club and for putting in two good performances!
LSHC Ladies First 2 Bury St Edmunds 2nds 0
Long Sutton Ladies welcomed promoted side, Bury St Edmunds and were determined to draw a line under last week's game.
The mantra of improving on the result from the first half of the season, back on, although having come away from Bury with a well- deserved draw, it was going to be a tall order.
As expected, Bury started the game well and were in control, however Sutton have a composure in defence this season, and kept them at bay, leaving Wallis a virtual spectator. Lisa Baker, Tania White, Maisie Sullivan and Jess Burton were communicating well to ensure that the Bury forwards, who were switching at will, were marshalled well.
With Gemma Parr restored in front of the back four, Sutton gradually began to get a foothold in the game and with excellent running from Jemima Dodd, Katie Collingwood Smith and Emmy Gittins the ball was being moved forward to Connie Gittins and Amber Jones to search for the all important opening goal. Sutton won a short corner which was injected to Connie Gittins at the top of the D, the ball was then slipped to Hannah Baker who took the shot and whilst not the most powerful shot it the world, it evaded the keeper to give Sutton the lead: 1-0, half time.
Sutton came out in the second half and took the game to Bury, confidence now high. Mid-way through the second half another short corner, led to Sutton doubling their lead. Another shot from PoM Hannah Baker which was inexplicably left by both Bury defender and Goalkeeper.
Having been 2-0 up away from home Sutton knew that Bury were still in the game and capable of a come-back, however despite a number of short corners (defended superbly with Maisie Sullivan running one), this time it was not to be.
Another game with the score-line bettered than the previous game in the first half of the season. This one to be applauded though having left the promoted side only able to take a point from Sutton this season.
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