Derby-day delight

Spalding won 2-1 at Long Sutton. Photo: Tim Wilson
Spalding won 2-1 at Long Sutton. Photo: Tim Wilson

A second-half comeback saw Spalding Ladies claim the derby-day honours at third-placed Long Sutton.

The home side went ahead after 19 minutes when a run from midfield resulted in a free hit being awarded just inside the 25 which was taken quickly and the ball fell to Leanne Woodhead who hit an unstoppable shot into the corner of the goal.

However, after a stern team talk from Kelly Tuplin, Spalding knew they must improve after a somewhat lacklustre first half and they looked to push forward with width and pace to get behind the solid Sutton defence.

Spalding started to dictate the play for sustained periods but Sutton always looked a threat on the counter-attack.

From one of numerous penalty corner routines tried by Spalding, Tuplin finally beat England keeper Lorraine Wallis with a thunderous straight strike after 52 minutes.

The following five minutes turned into an end-to-end affair with both sides guilty of giving away possession cheaply and defending valiantly.

On 63 minutes a penalty corner routine was saved and the ball fell to player-of-the-match Karen Timby who made no mistake by flicking the ball into the roof of the net to give Spalding the lead which their improved second-half display deserved.

Sutton’s player-of-the-match award went to Gemma Parr for her consistency and strength.

Spalding Ladies 2nd beat their third team 2-1 while Long Sutton 2nd won by the same scoreline at Alford 2nd.