LSHC Ladies 3 Alford 2
First game back after the Christmas break saw a fantastic effort by the club to get the fixture on.
From the first whistle Long Sutton found their feet and took the game to Alford.
A penalty corner was stopped by Leah Goodley and skipper Leanne Woodhead struck an unstoppable shot to the bottom of the net.
Alford levelled by the half time whistle, 1-1.
Some positional changes at half-time for the home team meant more support to the front two strikers and closing the space down in midfield. The breakthrough came after 10 minutes when a simple short corner routine saw a deflection in at the post by the Alford injector.
Sutton equalised via Lyn Tancred by sliding an accurate shot between the keeper and the near post.
With around 12 minutes to go Leah Goodley received the ball on the right-hand side at the half-way line and then hit a beautiful forward ball, with skipper Woodhead diving full length on the Astro to deflect the ball to Tancred’s stick. She netted the winner.
Sutton now move to sixth in the table and sit four points behind third place.
LSHC Ladies Second 4 Louth 2nds 1
Starting with only nine players, Sutton had enough to take an early lead through a well-taken Millie Laming strike when Sophie Gray provided a neat pass.
Louth drew level but the Sutton cavalry had now arrived in the form of twin sisters Connie and Emmy and not long after their arrival Connie had the ball in the net to restore Sutton’s lead.
Sutton began the second half confidently and played some fast and exciting hockey.
Connie Gittins scored her second following some good work from Jeorgia Carr and sister Emmy Gittins, who provided the final pass.
With just 10 minutes remaining Emmy Gittins again provided a neat pass for Connie’s third goal of the afternoon. Player of the match: Katie Bedford for an inspirational captain’s afternoon.
Next week the Ladies are at home to Horncastle 11.30 am push back.
LSHC Men 2
City of Peterboro’ 2nds 2
Fresh from the winter break, Sutton arrived at Peterborough in good spirits.
Goalkeeper travelling issues had forced skipper Ash Taylor into pre-match action, bringing in Albert Slator to the first team fold.
The game started at a high tempo but remained 0-0 at half time.
An unfortunate injury to Featherstone left the Sutton side entering the second period down to 12 men.
A high press had caught out the Peterborough defence, which allowed Sisson to round the keeper and put Sutton up 1-0.
The home side had to respond, which they duly did, winning a short corner which was converted.
Sisson had managed to find some space in the D with the ball in the final 15 minutes of the game, and had the calmness in order to find a cool finish to put the away side into a 2-1 lead.
Into the final five minutes the home side earned a free hit inside the Sutton 23, and a Peterborough player was free at the back post to provide a simple finish.
Sutton move into next weekend’s game with Norwich with another positive performance.
LSHC Men’s 2nd 2
City of Peterborough 5ths 5
New 2nd captain, Luke Jackson, was extremely proud of his youthful squad’s performance with first class defensive play from Dan Oldfield, Micheal Carter, Micheal Donaghy and Matt King. Synnott gracefully lobbed the keeper to tie the game up 1-1 at half time.
The second half COP turned on the heat by scoring three goals in the space of 20 minutes. It took the elder of team Hales to neatly net a flick eight minutes from time.
LSHC Ladies 0
St Ives 1sts 3
The ladies were forced to play this twice re-arranged fixture on the carpet surface of neighbours Spalding, rather than their own pitch at Sutton due to concerns that heavy overnight rain (as forecast) might risk the third attempt to get this fixture on.
Certainly the pitch was more suited to the fast, fluent, accurate, attacking skilful play that St Ives dish out, hence their top of the league status, so it is a credit to Sutton that they made St Ives fight for the three-goal scoreline.
Player of the match: the outstanding Lorraine Wallis.
Sutton can take a lot from this game, the best side by far was given a hard game. Next week Sutton are at home 1pm versus Pelicans.
LSHC Men’s Second 6
Goals came from MoM Will Cook two, B. Shore two, Hales and captain Jackson from a lovely timed pass from J.Mallet, who played his socks off all game.