Long Sutton's hockey sides unbeaten against Spalding, Cambridge South, Peterborough and Pelicans
Long Sutton's hockey sides earned some valuable results over the weekend.
The men's first team ended the first half of the season with a local derby at Spalding, and a strong side welcomed back injured Matt Holmes and Cameron Ibrahim.
The opening exchanges didn’t go as Sutton would have hoped and they soon found themselves 2-0 down after lapses in defence were punished.
That woke the players up and they started to put their mark on the game. Two minutes later, Josh Baker halved the deficit by working the ball past the keeper.
The majority of the play was now Sutton's, with Spalding unable to control their high press. With five minutes of the half left, Josh Fyson levelled the scores from a short corner.
The Men in Green started the second half brightly - with Fyson, Baker and Micheal Donaghy all coming close.
However, Brad Sargeant and Dom Ibrahim were both shown yellow cards in the final 20 minutes and Spalding retook the lead from a short corner.
Sutton were ready for the fight and again mounted pressure on Spalding - who had their centre half yellow carded too. Only Spalding's keeper's fine form prevented Baker from adding more to the score sheet, but his second eventually camee with ten minutes to play.
Five minutes later Fyson scored to give Sutton the lead for the first time. The side would defend hard and see out the dying stages of the game - which ended 4-3.
Elsewhere, the men's 2s continued their push up the league table against third placed Cambridge South. A strong showing ended 4-0 to the hosts, with a brace from Ed White added to by Tyler Hagan and Frazer Watt.
A first half hat-trick for Gary Hales was enough for Sutton men's 3s as they weathered a strong Peterborough in the second half, with their game ending 3-2.
The ladies' 1s picked up a valuable point against Pelicans. Hannah Baker opened the scoring before they were pegged back twice. Amber Jones levelled things up late on.