Superb comeback

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Long Sutton Mens 1st 3,

Pelicans 1st 2

Long Sutton showed their battling qualities on Saturday by coming from two goals behind to win 3-2 in their second friendly of the season.

Will Cook came close to scoring as Sutton were controlling the play but Pelicans opened the scoring through a short corner. Ben Smith hit the post and Pelicans’ keeper was on top form.

In the second half Pelicans scored. Sutton’s defence held firm with some superb tackles from Tom Baguley and tireless running from Andy Shore. Sutton were then reduced to 10 but produced their best play of the match.

Sutton produced a well worked short corner allowing Danny Sisson to score and when Sutton were 11 strong again they soon equalised through Ben Smith. The winner came from another storming run from Cook. Man of the match: Jamie Featherstone.

Long Sutton Men’s 2nds 5,

Pelicans Men’s 2nds 7

King’s Lynn side Pelicans are a league above the seconds who had their first friendly of the season.

A new squad, new formation and a new captain played very well.

Pelicans opened the scoring within 15 minutes but Ben Shore equalised within minutes. Shore completed his hat trick to make it 3-3 at half-time. Sutton went behind twice before Shore and a training ground short corner executed perfectly by Fred Whatling pull them back level.

Pelicans pushed hard for the last 15 minutes scoring two more goals.

MoM: Michael Carter, and a special mention to Sutton’s 3rd team player Matt Grange.

Long Sutton Men’s 3rds 3,

Pelicans Men’s 3rds 4

Sutton conceded twice in the last 10 minutes to lose their first friendly.

After a sluggish start and going a goal down early on, just before half time came a well-deserved goal from debutant Ben Maris.

A much better second half performance with good performances from Shane Thompson and Luke Lovegrove saw Sutton take a 3-2 lead from two brilliant short corner routines finished by Ben Shore.

Lincoln Ladies 2nds 4,

Long Sutton Ladies 2nds 3

Lincoln escaped with a narrow win in the seconds’ first league game of the season.

Long Sutton went away with a team of only nine. The game was characterised by lots of running and the ball working hard on Lincoln’s bouncy surface.

The first goal was a super team effort, finished by Lisa Baker. It was followed by a further two superb solo efforts by Katie Ireland.

However in the final few minutes Lincoln slipped in their fourth goal. Sam Carr and Miar Goodge did sterling work at the back and keeper Rhian excelled with numerous saves. Tania White and Jess Hudson took the game to the opposition.

PoM: Rhian Goodge in her last outing in goal and Hannah Greenacre.