Havering on top of Long Sutton men’s 1sts

RELEGATION DOGFIGHT: Spalding 2nds try to stave off relegation from East Men's League Division 3NW against also-threatened City of Ely 2nds at Glen Park, Surfleet.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
RELEGATION DOGFIGHT: Spalding 2nds try to stave off relegation from East Men's League Division 3NW against also-threatened City of Ely 2nds at Glen Park, Surfleet. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Long Sutton men’s 1sts were on the wrong end of a 4-0 scoreline at Premier B leaders Havering 1sts.

The home side worked hard defensively against a strong Havering side in the first half, with Danny Sisson forcing the visiting keeper into a smart save.

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But a goal just before half time set the tone and two further goals were an unfair reflection on Long Sutton.

Decisions went against them and Havering added a fourth late on to add to the home side’s frustrations, although Luke Jackson deserves special praise for putting in a solid performance.

There was better news however for the ladies 1sts who produced a thoroughly good performance to beat Cambridge Nomads 1sts 3-0 in a third-against-fourth East NW2 fixture.

Robyn Gribble scored her second hat-trick of the season,taking her season’s tally to 20 league goals.

But Gribble was backed up by a quality, all-round team performance which resulted in a scoreline that was made better by another outstanding display by Sutton keeper Lorraine Wallis.

But the standout performance came from the men’s 2nds who finally delivered on their promise all season with a 10-3 rout over Louth 1sts.

The league this season has seen Sutton play like absolute beginners on occasions and also ended up with results that have been the bitterest pill.

However, this game was not like that from the moment the 2nds took the lead from a short corner and it became 2-0 soon afterwards.

Louth got a goal back but by that time the score was 7-1 after a four-goal haul for Ben Shore and one each for Alex Canham, Ed White and, returning from injury, Charles Hardy who matched an assured performance in midfield with an excellent solo goal and reverse finish.

Four of the goals came from short crner routines involving White, Canham, Captain Fox and the clinical Shore.

To be fair to Louth, they didn’t surrender and in the second half, they scored two good goals to answer three from Sutton scored by Fox and Canham after two excellently worked short corners again, with a textbook breakaway goal as well from Adam Wiles after intelligent running and passing from Nick Ellis.

Ultimately, the precious points were safely in the bag for the 2nds.