City of Peterborough 6th 2,
Long Sutton 2nd 4
Sutton finished the first half of the season on a high with a gritty performance at Peterborough 6ths.
With the loss of several key players through illness and deserved promotion to the 1st team, Sutton were immediately on the back foot.
Therefore it was a surprise that Sutton took an undeserved lead with a fine finish from Michael Donagy. Peterborough continued to press and shortly after scored two quick goals to go in at the break in front.
At half-time Sutton regrouped and through man of the match Connor Allen and Will Cook in the centre of the park Sutton created clearer opportunities, with the latter skilfully deflecting in a Nick Bailey cross.
Following the equaliser, it was Sutton who in the end took their opportunities more clinically with the ‘machine’ Ben Shore continuing his scoring prowess firstly from a short corner and then in open play to give Sutton all three points with a superb drag flick.
Long Sutton 4th 0, Alford 2nd 2
In the only match to survive the weather at the Astro, Sutton were unlucky to come away defeated.
From the start, Sutton took the game to Alford and Steff Fox (mom) and Ian White controlled the midfield. Excellent work in defence by Ed Munson and Matt King ensured any early Alford threat was snuffed out.
Up front Ed White, Alex Canham and Dan Fisher worked hard to create openings but a combination of bad luck, disallowed goals and great Alford goalkeeping kept the score goalless at half time.
Alford came into the game more in the second half and took the lead after a goalmouth scramble. Sutton pushed on in search of an equaliser and were unlucky not to be level when a goalbound Canham effort struck a defender on the shoulder.
Pushing forward left gaps at the back for Sutton and Alford exploited these to score a second.
Long Sutton Ladies 1st 7, Sudbury 2nd 1
Long Sutton took the first ten minutes to settle into their stride, but after this they dominated the game to secure top spot.
The passing flowed between the team and this showed after Sutton soon saw themselves 4-0 up. All four goals were scored from balls into the ‘D’ from the right that gave Rebecca Kierman a hat-trick and Melissa Ludlam a goal.
Sutton’s marking slipped slightly and this allowed Sudbury to steal a goal back to make the score 4-1. Sutton stepped up their game again, this allowed them to score their fifth goal seeing Ludlam dribble round the Sudbury defence and slot the ball home.
The sixth goal came from a drag flick on a short corner from Bryony Normanton, that a Sudbury defender deflected past their keeper. The final goal came from Jess Hudson scoring her first goal of the season, with a fantastic strike from the top of the D. Rebecca Kierman got named player of the match.