HOCKEY: Cool Kierman settles Sutton’s nerves

We're going up: Long Sutton Ladies' 1st Mel Ludlam (right) chases the ball in Saturday's crucial 1-0 win over Bourne/Deeping 1st. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG240312-122NG (to order call 01775 765433)
We're going up: Long Sutton Ladies' 1st Mel Ludlam (right) chases the ball in Saturday's crucial 1-0 win over Bourne/Deeping 1st. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG240312-122NG (to order call 01775 765433)
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LONG SUTTON LADIES’ 1st 1 BOURNE/DEEPING LADIES’ 1st 0: REBECCA Kierman’s second-half strike secured Sutton promotion from Division 2NW on Saturday.

Nerves were high – and this showed during the first half, which ended goalless. It was much better in the second period though, with Bourne/Deeping’s keeper kept incredibly busy.

The deadlock was finally broken late in the game, as Sophie Hart’s penetrative run and cross found Kierman, who dived towards the ball and found the target.

Sutton survived some dodgy moments late on, but need just one more win to be sure of the title.

Player of the match was Charlene Leuty.

RAMGAHRIA 1st 8

LONG SUTTON 1st 2

SUTTON signed off for the season with a heavy loss.

Having already secured their Premier B status for another year, Sutton started slowly and were behind inside 40 seconds.

Ramgahria added a skilful second, before skipper Jimmy Harrison pulled one back from a penalty stroke after good work from player-of-the-match Will Cook.

The hosts plundered three more goals before the break, only for Cook to lay on a second for Danny Sisson.

Three more Ramgahria goals failed to dampen the spirit of the Green Army, who now look forward to next season.

WISBECH 2nd 4

SPALDING 1st 6

SPALDING kept their hopes of promotion and Division 3NW silverware alive with a thrilling win.

The Hills-sponsored side found themselves behind early doors, only for Pete Wright to hit back before another Wisbech effort on the stroke of half time.

A much improved Spalding team emerged in the second half and a trademark flurry of goals from Martin Perkins, Matt Sanders and Wright put them into a commanding 4-2 lead.

Ross Gavaghan was delighted to add number five and a welcome goal in a rare appearance from player/coach Michael Morris secured the win, despite two late Wisbech efforts.

With top two Bourne/Deeping 1st and COP 4th just a point ahead going into Saturday’s final round of fixtures, Spalding need results to go their way if they’re to take the title.

SPALDING 2nd 0

ALFORD 1st 7

A TOP four finish is still possible for Spalding despite this hefty home beating.

Promotion-chasing Alford notched seven times without reply, with their star strike the difference between the sides.

Spalding played some good hockey and did have chances, but just couldn’t control a player who was playing at a much higher standard just last year.

With just one game left, Spalding are concentrating on mounting a promotion bid next season.

LONG SUTTON 2nd 2

NEWMARKET 1st 3

CHAMPIONS Newmarket edged this five-goal thriller.

It took 25 minutes for Sutton’s defence to be breached, following a great flowing move from Newmarket’s stylish offence.

Stand-in skipper Nick Bailey went close to levelling, before Sutton fell 2-0 down from a penalty stroke.

After the break Ben Shore put a trademark drag flick in to the top corner to finally net his 30th goal of the season and make it 2-1.

Not even man-of-the-match Josh Fyson could prevent Newmarket from going 3-1 ahead, but there was still time for Shore blast home his second from a short corner.

SPALDING 3rd 7

LOUTH 1st 2

SEVEN-UP Spalding dented Louth’s promotion hopes in this top four Division 5NW clash.

Hosts Spalding dominated much of the game, with skipper Tom Shinkins opening the scoring inside the first ten minutes.

The barrage of Spalding attacks kept coming a with goals from Stuart Perkins Dave Burrell, Ryan Mountney and James Doolan.

With a convincing lead of 5-1, Shaun Dewing added two more in the second half, with Louth pulling a consolation goal back.

SPALDING 5th 5

SLEAFORD 3

SPALDING’S youngsters came out on top in this close friendly contest.

They had the best of the opening exchanges and went 2-0 up with goals from Joe Higgins and Henry Gibbons, before Sleaford pulled one back.

It was soon 2-2 after the interval, but further goals from Higgins, Gibbons and Reggie Reeves ensured Spalding finished in style at a sun drenched Surfleet.

ELY LADIES’ 3rd 0

SPALDING LADIES’ 3rd 6

POACHERS delivered a showing that bodes well for next season.

Kate Woolley opened the scoring with a neat strike, before the goal machine added a second and Samantha Campbell made it 3-0.

Further goals from Campbell, player-of-the-match Belinda Providence and Woolley’s hat-trick strike crushed the basement side.

LONG SUTTON LADIES’ 2nd 2

GRANTHAM LADIES’ 1st 2

A SUPER team showing helped Sutton secure a decent draw.

The first half saw Grantham take an early lead, which was quickly wiped out by Louise Billingham.

Sutton established a 2-1 lead in the second half with a strike from Lisa Baker, but despite fluent team play Grantham managed an equaliser.

aura Temple, who had a fine game as sweeper, and Rhian Goodge, who enjoyed a welcome return to the team playing outfield, shared player of the match.