A stunning Danny Sisson strike earned Long Sutton 1st a vital 2-1 Premier B victory over Waltham Forest 1st on Saturday.
After the weather added a few extra weeks to their winter break, this was Sutton’s maiden outing of 2013 – and their first win since beating the same opposition back in October.
Sutton started brightly at the Peele Leisure Centre and it was no surprise when Josh Fyson stole the ball from a defender and finished superbly.
Forest upped the ante after the break, but Sutton doubled their advantage when Sisson spun and smashed a sizzling drive into the corner.
Waltham pulled one back, but a man-of-the-match display by keeper Simon Clark ensured the hosts held on for a big win – which moves them out of the bottom two.
In Division 2N, Spalding 1st completed an impressive double over King’s Lynn-based Pelicans 1st with a 2-1 win.
Stuart Cunnington, who fizzed an early reverse stick shot just over the bar, slotted home the opener for Spalding after 20 minutes. That advantage lasted all the way up until the final ten minutes, when Pelicans broke away to level.
Cunnington had other ideas though – and grabbed a winner late on with a dragged flick short corner.
Spalding 2nd were on the receiving end of a 3-1 scoreline in 4NW, as they were beaten at March 2nd. Spalding were in the game at 2-1 when Richard McKenna finished a Martin Perkins pass, but a second-half third killed them off.
Also on the wrong end of a beating in the same division were Spalding 3rd, who went down 10-1 to Horncastle 1st.
But there was no such trouble for high-flying Long Sutton 2nd – also in 4NW – as they hammered City of Peterborough 7th 8-2. Ben Shore and Nick Bailey both helped themselves to hat-tricks, while Dan Batten and Luke Lovegrove also got in on the act.
There was an all-club affair in 6NW (N), with Spalding 4th running out 3-0 winners over Spalding 5th at Glenn Park.
But the big game in this league saw second-placed Long Sutton 3rd hold leaders Leadenham 1st 1-1. After a goalless first period, Sutton fell behind to a deflected strike – but Dan Fisher deservedly levelled from a short corner.
Long Sutton 4th, meanwhile, suffered a 2-1 home loss against Alford 2nd. They did go ahead when Russ Brockwell’s ball into the D was deflected in off the keeper’s pads, but succumbed to a pair of second-half goals.