Long Sutton lose out in thrilling final

Long Sutton 3, Lincoln Roses 4

Long Sutton bowed out of the Lincolnshire County Hockey Championships on Saturday in a fantastic game which has been the final of this competition for the last two years.

It was Roses who took advantage of Sutton’s normal slow start by scoring two quick goals.

With a new formation and a fresh spirit in the team Sutton soon responded. Some excellent work from Nick Ellis and Jamie Featherstone allowed for Will Cook to finish and reduce the deficit.

Sutton soon equalised again through excellent work by Ellis which allowed Gary Hales to find the net. Roses were a constant threat but Sutton’s defence held firm to half time.

Roses scored after the break with a cruel deflection but again this spurred Sutton on as they proved that the pre-season training and the hard work on the short corner routines paid off with Danny Sisson equalising,

They were now determined to go ahead in this game and produced their best hockey to come agonisingly close. However, it was Roses who took the spoils with literally the last touch of the game, again a cruel few deflections allowing the ball to trickle over the line from a short corner.

Otto Esse made his debut and is an exciting prospect for the future. Sutton will take a lot of positives going into their next pre-season game against Pelicans on Saturday (1pm Peele Leisure Centre).