Too many festive mince pies, Sutton?

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Long Sutton 2,

Cambridge Nomads 7

A poor second half performance saw Sutton crash to defeat in this Premier B clash on Saturday.

The first half produced an even game with both teams looking dangerous on the attack and it was the home team who took the lead, Jeremy Watt releasing Nick Ellis who crossed for Gary Hales to score. Nomads equalised as Sutton’s defence failed to follow their men allowing an easy tap in and a sign of things to come. Sutton then re-took the lead Hales tapping in again to give a half time lead.

The second period began with Nomads changing their formation, and Sutton struggling to follow players and seemingly incapable of moving into space to receive passes.

Nomads quickly slotted two goals as they cut through a home team who appeared to have spent the festive break enjoying a mince pie eating contest.

Sutton then had a golden chance to draw level as Will Cook was upended and a flick awarded, but the stroke was saved and this seemed to affect the home team’s confidence as further inept play allowed the visitors to waltz through time and again eventually taking the tally to a humiliating seven.

The vast majority of the Sutton team need to make efforts to get themselves fitter and more focused if they are to draw themselves out of the relegation mire.

St Neots 5, L Sutton 2nds 4

The lead changed no fewer than three times in this match.

Sutton drew first blood when Nick Bailey pounced at a short corner to tap in from close range. A defensive error saw Neots equalise before shortly after taking the lead when sitting defend were caught napping.

Sutton regained the impetus when Ben Shore converted a short corner with his now trade mark drag flick. Sutton pushed on and following some disciplined work and great vision by Jake Reid, he was able to find Bailey who deflected the ball into the bottom corner. Just before the break Neots equalised with a debatable penalty flick.

The second half was end to end play but it was Neots who were able to take their chances with a further two goals. Sutton were able to pull a goal back with a superb finish from debutant Adam Wyles. This led to a frantic final 10 minutes, but Neots held on to take the points.

Long Sutton 4ths 2, Horncastle 2nds 5

There was more encouraging individual performances Long Sutton and more promise of good things to come, but ultimately, yet again no points to show for it.

Simon Clarke was the rock on which most of Horncastle’s attacks foundered, but despite his and goalkeeper Josh Thody’s good work, Horncastle’s pacy forwards notched a 3-0 half time lead.

Long Sutton came storming back with Ian White registering with a sweet reverse stick shot and also a second with a deflected short corner.

Rob Birchill had his best game yet in midfield and Ed White and Alex Canham nearly effected a great short corner routine, but it was not to be as the visitors re-asserted themselves and were good value for the three points.

Long Sutton Ladies 6, Ely 0

Long Sutton’s 2011 promotion battle started with resounding win to take them to the top of the table.

Sutton started strongly with Holly Naismith smashing the ball into the roof of the net. Ely managed to soak up the pressure from the Sutton attacks that followed, but could not prevent Robyn Gribble dribbling around the keeper to slot the ball into the goal.

Sutton finshed the first half the better team with key performances from Katie Spooner and Jess Hundson, making some penetrating runs down the wings.

Sutton dominated the second half with Gribble scoring again and further goals from Ali Hobson, Naismith and Amy Kirkham sealed the win. Player of the match was Gemma Parr who put in a very attacking performance in defence.

Long Sutton Ladies 2,

Newark 1

Long Sutton’s second game of the weekend saw them start on the back foot,and they went 1-0 down from a well worked short corner.

This woke Sutton up and within minutes they had gained a goal back through open play and a superb strike by Katie Spooner.

Sutton continued to pressure the Newark defence with some great attacking play from Robyn Gribble, Mel Ludlam, Holly Naismith and Ali Hobson. This resulted in a reverse hit across the face of the goal by Spooner for Sophie Hart to slip the Ball into the net. The second half saw equal weighted attacking pressure from both teams but with no further goals.