Long Sutton 1st 0, Ramgarhia 1st 2
LONG Sutton’s discipline cost them dearly in this Prem B fixture.
It was always going to be tough against a Ramgharia team with electric stick skills but Sutton worked hard in the first half and a great team barrier thwarted Ramgharia even when Sutton were reduced to 10 men as Andy Shore was sent to the sin bin.
Jake Loweth was on fine form making a number of high class saves and kept Sutton in the game saving a penalty flick.
Sutton started the second half the brighter and created a few chances, but then lost skipper Harrison to the sin bin and Ramgharia capitalised by opening the scoring. Sutton kept together and played some lovely hockey but found it difficult to penetrate a solid Ramgharia defence.
Sutton then lost their third player to a yellow card and Ramgharia got lucky as a Loweth block fell agonisingly to an attacker to make it 2-0.
Sutton will take a lot of heart from this performance and with better discipline next week will be tough opposition for Waltham Forest.
Long Sutton 3rd 5, Long Sutton 4ths 1
No quarter asked for and none given in a typically blood and thunder inter-club derby where the fourths gamely hung on but ultimately had to bow to the thirds’ extra touch of class.
If Dave Maris in defence was as inflexible as ever, Simon Clarke was the rock on which the third team success was based. With Brad Sargeant holding possession well and using the ball intelligently, the clever movement of the third team’s young forwards stretched the fourths’ defence always.
Matt King found himself enough space to bag a brace of goals, Sargeant got another, turncoat Dan Fisher also scored and Jack Smith poached another to add to his growing tally.
The thirds did not have it all their own way though, and in James Baker, Adam Sisson and the returning Russ Brockwell the fourths have a forward line capable of doing some real damage. It was Brockwell who notched the last minute consolation which was nothing less than they deserved.
Simon Wakeham made a comeback after a two-and-a-half year injury break and put in a good shift to blow away the cobwebs, but it was his fellow midfielder Harry Thorpe who took the plaudits as fourth team man of the match for his excellent combination of skill and workrate.
Long Sutton Ladies 1st 0,
Harleston 2nds 3
Long Sutton started the game well with well-worked attacking moves but the defence was put under pressure towards the end of the half.
With help from player of the match Hannah Greenacre in midfield, they were able to keep them at bay until a break away from a Harleston counter attack and the ball was slotted in.
After the break Sutton pressed hard for an equaliser with some great attacking runs from Leanne Woodhead, Charlene Leuty and Becky Kierman. Unfortunately a head injury meant that Woodhead had to sit the rest of the game out, but with help from replacement Katie Ireland, Sutton continued to attack well.
A string of short corners resulted in Harleston getting their second goal, a well worked corner routine hit wide and put in on the post. Another short corner for the home team resulted in another goal but this time an own one, a deflection off a Sutton stick in front of the keeper sent her the wrong way to finish the game.
The result did not reflect the game as Long Sutton had some good attacking moves but could not capitalise.