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Long Sutton Hockey Men’s 1sts 3 St Neots 1sts 7

Sutton went into this fixture optimistic of adding to their points total but wary of a St Neots side whose results have been mixed this season.

The game started well with both teams looking to begin on a positive footing, however it was St Neots who took the lead after some loose defending from Sutton.

Peele Leisure Centre - men's hockey Long Sutton v St Ives. First half. Sutton in white tops and goalie orange pads (5328402)
Peele Leisure Centre - men's hockey Long Sutton v St Ives. First half. Sutton in white tops and goalie orange pads (5328402)

Saints made it 2-0 as Sutton retreated into their shell a little and whilst they rallied a little after Josh Baker reduced the arrears with an excellently executed short corner, the away side scored again to take a two goal margin into half-time.

Sutton spoke honestly and looked to reduce the arrears in the second half; sadly though St Neots had not read the script and 3-1 quickly became 6-1 as they found the key to unlocking the entire Sutton team and used it at will. Brad Whitmore in goal had an excellent performance and should be credited for keeping the score lower than it could have been.

Sutton continued to fight and Harry Synott reduced the arrears once again following sharp work from Sam Markillie; any thoughts of a comeback were extinguished when Saints scored their seventh and all that was left was for Sutton to get the last goal with Alex Canham scoring a well-directed deflected finish following a good ball from Ed White.

Peele Leisure Centre - men's hockey Long Sutton v St Ives. First half. Sutton in white tops and goalie orange pads. Denied (5328393)
Peele Leisure Centre - men's hockey Long Sutton v St Ives. First half. Sutton in white tops and goalie orange pads. Denied (5328393)

Ladies 1sts report

After last week's monumental effort, Sutton travelled to St Ives 1sts who have only lost to Peterborough 2's.

However, whilst the score may not have been what Sutton wanted, the performance was as good if not better than last week. St Ives started off on the front foot and forced six short corners in the first 10 minutes. Sutton stood firm and started to get a foothold in the game which was being played at a blistering pace and with great intensity.

A rotating midfield of Jo Bland, Rhian Goodge, Emmy Gittins and Jemima Dodd began to establish themselves in the game and Sutton forced a couple of short corners. Rhian Goodge and Jemima Dodd ran with purpose and directness and forced St Ives to defend.

However, on 25 minutes, a poor pass out was picked up by the St Ives forward who drove into the D and beyond the stretching Lorraine Wallis. Rather than feel deflated, Long Sutton used this to spur them on and forced St Ives into some lunging tackles.

The game continued at an exhausting pace and with four minutes left in the first half, Amber Jones pounced on some indecision in the St Ives defence to drive through and lift the ball on her reverse stick over the diving keeper. Gemma Parr was forced off with cramp but with the duo of Jo Bland and Gemma in midfield, Long Sutton were showing St Ives that this would not be a game for easy points.

Peele Leisure Centre - men's hockey Long Sutton v St Ives. First half. Sutton in white tops and goalie orange pads (5328399)
Peele Leisure Centre - men's hockey Long Sutton v St Ives. First half. Sutton in white tops and goalie orange pads (5328399)

After a team talk at half-time, the game restarted with St Ives wanting to put the game to bed. A St Ives short corner breakdown led to an attack constantly hitting the ball into Lorraine Wallis. Eventually one of these found its way past her into the goal. Almost immediately from the restart, St Ives forced another short corner and the first time shot nutmegged Lorraine Wallis. However this only drove Sutton on.

With 20 minutes left, Sutton created sustained pressure but couldn't get a goal back however, when Connie Gittins intercepted the ball in her own half, there was only one result. She drove straight for the goal, beating four experienced St Ives players before calmly slotting the ball between keeper and post. With Gemma Parr suffering from cramp again and Jo Bland leaving everything on the pitch, the game was ramping up even further.

Chances at either end were snuffed out by the goalkeepers and St Ives showed their experience by slowing the game down as much as possible. Sutton continued to throw everything at St Ives but just couldn't find the equaliser. Tania White stood strong and tackled with gusto all game. She swept up everything that came her way. Her intercepting led to many quick breaks and along with Gemma Parr showed that keeping low in the tackle is often rewarded with the ball.

Another game where the result wasn't what was wanted but the performance was undoubtedly one of the best. Again, this team showed great character with the experience of Lorraine Wallis, Tania White, Jo Bland and Gemma Parr linking well with the youth to provide a mix of skill and speed which can be hard to cope with. On to the local derby with Spalding next weekend and hopefully back to winning ways.

n Results for November 10

Men’s 1s lost 7-3 vs St Neots 1s.

Scorers: Alex Canham, Josh Baker, Harry Synnott.

MoM: Brad Whitmore.

Men’s 2s won 4-1 vs Wisbech 3s.

Scorers: Josh Fyson x2, Luke Proctor, Tyler Hagan.

MoM: Adam Taylor.

Men’s 3s won 3-0 vs Bourne Deeping 6s.

Scorers: Ian White x2, Sam Smith.

MoM: George Neale.

Ladies 1s lost 3-2 vs St Ives 1s.

Scorers: Amber Jones, Connie Gittins.

MoM: Emmy Gittins / Tania White.

Ladies 2s lost 3-1 vs Horncastle 2s.

Scorer: Katie Collingwood-Smith.

MoM: Katie Collingwood-Smith.

Ladies 2s won 7-1 vs Alford 2s (played 11/11/18 rearranged).

Scorers: Hannah Baker x2, Katie Collingwood-Smith x2, Jemima Dodd, Ali Monaghan, Georgina Synnott.

MoM: Ali Monaghan.



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