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Long Sutton hockey sides were in action across the board, with the 1sts going down to Cambs South 2nds

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Long Sutton’s hockey sides were in action in a range of exciting matches over the weekend, with some mixed results across the board.

The men’s 1st team went down to a 7-4 defeat against Cambs South 2nds.

An end-to-end opening ten minutes which could have of seen either side open the scoring ended with South claiming the first goal after a lapse in the Sutton defence.

Longs Sutton v St Ives hockey action. (42641010)
Longs Sutton v St Ives hockey action. (42641010)

Their lead was not to last, and a mere five minutes later the scores were level when Dan Oldfield deflected a Josh Fyson short corner.

This again lead to a stalemated end-to-end game in which either side could have scored, and Joss Fyson was granted a two minute sit down by the umpire during which South retook there lead.

No more than five minutes after this, the scores were levelled once again by Brad Sargeant.

Spalding Ladies were 3-1 winners against Long Sutton on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (52844570)
Spalding Ladies were 3-1 winners against Long Sutton on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (52844570)

He struck the ball hard past the helpless opposition keeper.

With less than five to play until the break, Nick Ellis was then granted a two-minute sit down which even the South players themselves couldn’t comprehend.

Then, just like a broken record, the home side would score again to go into the half time interval 3-2 up.

Sutton started brightly in the second half, with Josh Fyson scoring from a penalty corner again to level the scores and hopes were high that they would take something from the game.

Longs Sutton v St Ives hockey action. (42640988)
Longs Sutton v St Ives hockey action. (42640988)

However, it was unfortunately not to be.

The Sutton players felt there were a number of decisions that should have gone their way,with tempers rising and hopes weakening as the match went on.

South scored twice more in quick succession, with one coming from a short corner and the other a penalty flick.

Joshua Baker then scored a penalty flick of his own.

Sutton tried to press higher to get their foot back into the game, but were punished as South went on to score twice more without response.

The men’s 3s faced Cambridge South 6ths, and were able to welcome Luke Jackson and Alex Wilkinson back into the side.

Sutton started quickly, and some nice work from Troy Croxford ended with him assisting Luke Jackson to his first of the afternoon.

The Sutton defence held firm and were able to keep the South attackers at bay for the most part, but were unfortunate to concede from a badly positioned loose ball which fell to the Cambridge attacker.

The scores weren’t level for long, however, as Luke Jackson added his second.

Sutton went into the break 2-1 up.

Things weren’t quite so tight in the second half, and Sutton came out with a vengeance to score four goals to South’s one in reply.

The strikes came via Daniel Simpson and man of the man match Troy Croxford, with Gary Hales grabbing a brace.

Elsewhere, a dominant display from the ladies 1st team seen them gain their second win of the season.

Two goals were scored in each half, with a strong defensive display and excellent goalkeeping from Emily Braginton contributing to the victory.

Goals came courtesy of Jess Burton, player of the match Megan Fey and a brace from Amber Jones.

The ladies 2s travelled away to Pelicans 3rds for an early kick off.

A strong first half display, during which all goals of the game were scored, ended with Sutton 4-1 to the good after goals from Jasmine Smith, player of the match Lottie Dack and brace from Gemma Parr.

A quieter second half with few chances for either side meant the scores remained the same.

Long Sutton’s men’s 2nds’ unbeaten run came to an end after a narrow single-goal defeat.

Late away under the lights in Cambridge, the side fell short after going one down and being unable to find a goal for themselves.

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