Saffron Walden 8
LSHC Men 4
Saffron Walden came out of the blocks first and pressed Sutton into submission to ensure an early lead in an early warning for a long afternoon for the visitors.
Sutton’s creative midfield managed to find Sisson and Shore on several occasions but weren’t able to capitalise on the breakthroughs. Sutton went two down then gained a succession of short corners which couldn’t be converted. The back line of Fox, Baguley and MOTM Taylor stood firm but with some more good play by the opposition, Sutton were opened up to concede.
In the closing minutes of the first half, Mallett broke away, found Sisson, who then slotted the ball to Shore for him to be brought down by Walden’s keeper, sending him off for two minutes and giving Fyson the chance to stroke the ball home.
Sutton went 4-1 down at the start of the second half but managed to grab a goal back shortly after, as Sisson rose above the keeper to tap the ball over the keeper’s head.
Two quick goals followed from the ever-running Walden, but a well-worked play earned Sisson a chance to despatch another, to make it 6-3.
Two more goals were conceded while a Sisson reverse shot was deflected in by Hales.
Plenty to work on going into next week against Cambs Uni 2’s.
LSHC Men’s 2nd 1
St Neots 5
The visitors chalked the scoreline with five short corners neatly put away.
It was encouraging for the young squad that the league leaders applauded their efforts.
Cambridge South 4ths 1 LSHC Men’s 3rd 2
With the return of the skipper this week the third team decided to follow on from the previous win by travelling to play bottom of the league.
Portass and Pack worked well with Sapponenko and Proctor on the wings. With the sun being in the umpire’s eyes Cambs managed to stop a pass from Sutton (in unfortunate ways), an attack on the break catching the Sutton defence and keeper Albert Slator out, ending the half 1-0 down.
The second half proved to be in Sutton’s favour with the change of ends and the sun in defenders’ eyes. At another short corner Jeremy Smith threw the defenders off in a change and allowing Sisson to slot the ball home. White and Sisson set up Adam Pack for his first Green goal.
It was a superb all-round team performance from Long Sutton and another three points will boost the team for next week’s game. That attitude will be required to defeat Cambridge again.