Ladies 1sts lose 2-1 versus Alford despite Jemima Dodd strike
Long Sutton Hockey Club results, Saturday
Men’s 1sts won 4-0 vs Norwich City 3rds.
Scorers: Josh Baker x3, Nick Ellis. MoM: Josh Baker.
Long Sutton put in a very mature performance to see out a comfortable win that keeps the team heading in the right direction.
Sutton went into the game buoyed from last week's performance and hoping to add to their points tally.
Norwich were the rivals when Sutton won their first points of the season and in the reverse fixture the 14 man squad were met by a bare 11 travelling players.
Sutton started well and whilst the quality was not as high as last week their domination soon resulted in an opening goal from Josh Baker.
To their credit Norwich rallied and pressed Sutton, with their young central midfielder looking like a player with great potential, however Whitmore was on good form from the start and was determined not to be beaten so protected his clean sheet.
In fact it was the home team who added to their lead after Nick Ellis deflected Dan Batten's well driven shot beyond the excellent Norwich keeper. Half-time 2-0.
Captain Fox ‘explained' where he felt the team were going wrong at the break and the second half started with a little more structure and urgency injected into the side.
Sutton pushed the tiring Norwich side back and it was no surprise when Baker took his second goal of the game.
With the home side carrying a few injuries it was no surprise that the game meandered to a close with the only action of note seeing Baker claim his hat-trick to make the final score 4-0.
Not a performance for the highlight reel but a very mature one.
Ladies 1s lost 2-1 vs Alford 1s. Scorer: Jemima Dodd. MoM: Gemma Parr.
The first match of 2019 saw the ladies first team travel to bracing Skegness to take on Alford who like Sutton, find themselves at the wrong end of the table in a relegation battle.
The team that lined up against them was a better side than the one who travelled to Sutton earlier in the season and it was Alford that had the better of the earlier exchanges with Sutton keeper Wallis called into action on numerous occasions.
Sutton, however, started to settle and started to have more of the possession with the midfield of Bland and the two Gittins finding the runs of Baker and Jones up front.
Sutton won a number of short corners and found themselves one-nil up when a dummy by Bland was followed up and coolly slotted home by Dodd.
It was a scrappy game with little between the two sides and Alford equalised just before half-time with a short corner of their own following a cruel deflection from Parr.
At half-time, Sutton were confident, having played the better hockey, and knew that they did not need to panic.
However, Alford came out strongly after the break and an Alford forward came into the Sutton D unchallenged and managed to squeeze the ball between Wallis and the near post to take the lead.
Sutton did not let heads drop, however, and gave everything, with a number of players sustaining injuries in a typically hard-fought battle.
With time running out Sutton found themselves in a number of good attacking positions but were just not able to find the final touch; Baker junior going close, having sat the Alford keeper on her backside, Jinx Walker also, as well as Jones.
An infringement in the attacking D gave Sutton hope of an equaliser with a penalty flick but that was also not to be as the umpire had seen an infringement by a Sutton player previously but had not had chance to blow!
All in all, a very frustrating day at the office, however, there are a number of games to go and Sutton must continue to show the fighting spirit that they did in this game, which will surely see them pick up the points needed.
Men’s 2nds won 2-1 vs Cambs City 5s. Scorers: Luke Jackson, Luke Proctor. MoM: Charlie Roberts.
Men’s 3nds lost 2-1 vs Alford 2s. Scorer: Jon Goodley. MoM: James Cliff.
Ladies 2nds lost 5-1 vs Leadenham 1. Scorer: Lisa Baker. MoM: Rhian Goodge.