Errors punished as Sutton lack clinical touch

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Long Sutton 1st 2,

Letchworth 1st 5

Long Sutton started with real intent on Saturday, taking the game to Letchworth with pace and aggression and some excellent passing.

They created some good chances to take the lead but once again came up short in front of goal. Letchworth scored totally against the run of play but then started to get a foothold in the game and some sloppy individual errors from Sutton allowed Letchworth to score twice more before the break.

Sutton regrouped and came out in the second half more positive and with intent. This resulted in a penalty flick being awarded. Up stepped skipper Harrison to neatly slot the ball into the corner.

Sutton were more positive and man of the match Will Cook was testing the Letchworth defence with some cutting runs. Letchworth always looked dangerous on the counter and again errors from Sutton allowed them to score again.

Sutton were awarded numerous short corners one of which Jamie Fetherstone popped up to tuck in the rebound from Smith’s initial shot. Letchworth went down to 10 and Sutton put them under increased pressure but couldn’t find the back of the net. Letchworth scored again near the death from a short corner to sink any Sutton hopes. Sloppy errors and a lack of clinical finishing cost Sutton again, and overshadowed their fluent hockey at times.

Long Sutton 2nds 2,

Spalding 2nds 3

This South Holland local derby was a well contested game with some good hockey played by both sides.

Spalding took an early lead in the first three minutes and followed up with a second soon after.

Sutton showed their customary fighting spirit and got back on level terms with strikes from Ben Shore and Nick Bailey. Unfortunately, an unlucky arm from Adam Taylor resulted in a flick for Spalding and they regained the lead.

Sutton pressed for an equaliser and was certainly more comfortable reverting to their diamond formation, however a further goal eluded them and any chances of a fight back were hampered by a sending off. Nevertheless, all players worked hard and performances of note included Ash Taylor, Shore and Matt Grange.

Horncastle 2nds 4,

Long Sutton 3rds 1

Sutton travelled to a wet Horncastle with a mix of experienced players and young debutants to take on a strong home side. After an even start with some good hockey from both sides, Sutton conceded two goals before half-time.

The side never lost its spirit and was rewarded after good team play with a fine finish from Ed White to make it 2-1. Sutton continued to press and sadly this allowed Horncastle to hit two goals on the break to give the final score a flattering look.

Sutton should take great heart from a good all round team performance, with stand out performances from Shane Thompson and Player of the Match David Marris.

Long Sutton Men’s 4ths 1, Leadenham 1st 15

Sutton’s young fourth team fought valiantly against a very experienced Leadenham team. Under pressure for long periods, the defence restricted Leadenham to a 2-0 lead at half-time; not least due to the efforts of man of the match Calvin Bishop and goalkeeper Josh Thody.

Sadly in the second half experience and older physical strength began to tell and though they never gave up Sutton conceded regularly.

Long Sutton Ladies 1st 0, Cambridge University 2nd 1

Cambridge University started strongly and had a lot of attacking play, but the Sutton defence stood strong, with some fantastic defensive work from player of the match Sally Cade.

Sutton seemed to struggle to make any attacking play during the first half, being thwarted by some exceptionally specific umpiring and defensive set ups by Cambridge University.

They then went on to concede only the second goal of the season to put them 1-0 behind. This really spurred Sutton on and Rebecca Kierman, Melissa Ludlam, Sophie Hart and Louise Southgate had numerous attempts on goal, but every one was defended well by Cambridge.

A very disappointed Sutton were very unlucky not to score and had their first loss of the season.

Long Sutton Ladies 2nds 0, Skegness 1st 3

Skegness’s decisive passing and fluent play proved hard to overcome, even with strong performances from Helen Worth and Sam Carr.

The end to end play saw the team’s midfield covering lots of ground, with strikers Katie and Emma covering back.

The player of the match was Carr who cleared the line on many occasions. She was supported by Lisa Baker who had a brave game in goal.