HOCKEY: Improved showing but Sutton beaten

Smart stop: Long Sutton 4th keeper Josh Tholey is called into action in Saturday's all-club affair with Long Sutton 3rd, which the 3rd team won 9-0. Photo: SG290111-131 (TIM WILSON)
Smart stop: Long Sutton 4th keeper Josh Tholey is called into action in Saturday's all-club affair with Long Sutton 3rd, which the 3rd team won 9-0. Photo: SG290111-131 (TIM WILSON)
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Norwich City 1st 2 Long Sutton 1st 1: SUTTON put in a much more impressive performance but were unable to overcome high-flying Norwich in this Premier B encounter.

The away side started well, with Gary Hales going close - although Jake Loweth denied Norwich with some sharp saves.

However, the half ended goalless with Sutton struggling to keep their discipline after some interesting umpiring decisions.

Norwich began much the brighter after the break and, when Sutton failed to clear a corner, they eventually took the lead with an unstoppable shot off the bar.

Sutton kept their composure much better than in recent weeks, with Andy Shore playing particularly well at the back - but they were unable to stop Norwich adding to their lead.

They did pull a goal back when Ash Taylor found Nick Ellis on the right wing and he in turn crossed for Nick Bailey to roll back the years with a stunning deflection.

Sutton continued to push forward, only to be denied a leveller by some strong home defending.

COP 3rd 5

SPALDING 1st 0

THE difference in league positions was evident as second-from-bottom Spalding were thrashed by high-flying Peterborough on Saturday.

Spalding did continue the improvement they have show over the previous two weeks, but Peterborough were able to soak up any pressure that they were put under and were more clinical in their own finishing.

While they clearly deserved to win, 5-0 was slightly flattering.

SPALDING 1st 6

BOURNE 1st 2

THIS was never likely to be a great spectacle between the two bottom sides in the league - and so it proved.

Bourne may already have resigned themselves to relegation as they only turned up for the Sunday fixture with nine players, but Spalding did not take full advantage.

While there were some neat passages of play, there was never any real tempo to the game. Still, Spalding raced into a 4-0 lead with goals from Glen Perkins (2), Mat Sanders and Pete Wright but Bourne to their credit scored a minute either side of the interval to peg it bag to 4-2.

An improbable comeback failed to materialise though, with Dave Burrell finishing off a swift passing move from the restart before Pete Wright grabbed his second to make it 6-2.

SPALDING 2nd 2

ELY 2nd 6

THE scoreline did not reflect the performance as Spalding came away with no reward from a solid home performance. After applying pressure from the start Spalding did not find the break through and were pegged back and punished on three short corners.

The second half followed a similar pattern to the first, which the score line reflected.

WISBECH 1st 0

SPALDING POACHERS 1st 4

SIZZLING Poachers were on impressive form to wallop Wisbech.

Even though Poachers dominated the first half, they were slow to open the scoring. But player of the match Jacqui Hunter eventually ensured that they were 1-0 up at half time when she scored her first from a short corner attack.  

The second half was a very different story, with increasing pressure from the Poachers.

This led to more goals, as Karen Thorold’s ball from the half way line found Hunter, who slammed the ball past the home keeper to increase the lead. 

Two further strikes from Thorold wrapped up the points for the Poachers.

NEWMARKET 0

SPALDING POACHERS 2nd 8

TABLE-TOPPING Poachers ran out comfortable winners as they smashed eight.

They started strongly with a solid midfield allowing player of the match Kelly Slater to open the scoring with a superb shot.

Shortly after Ali Wild grabbed the second goal with a well-timed shot, while the ever consistent Kate Woolley took the third goal with an accurate strike.

Helen Jex bagged her first goal of the game to round off the first half scoring, before Woolley hit her second after the break.

Slater then found the backboard for the second time and Woolley managed to convert a short and get her hat-trick.

Before the close of play Campbell buried the last goal home.

LONG SUTTON LADIES 1st 2

LOUTH LADIES 1st 3

A STRONG second half comeback failed to yield a point for Sutton.

They started out strongly and gaining a few short corners, but failing to convert any. Sutton looked sharp in attack, but they let Louth play on the break and before they knew it they were 3-0 down at half time.

However, Sutton performed exceptionally well after the break, closing down Louth at every opportunity.

This team work allowed Sutton to bring the pull back two goals as Lisa Baker and Ali Hobson scored, but they failed to get the vital third.

Player of the match Sally Cade put in some fantastic defensive work.

SPALDING POACHERS 3rd 2

LOUTH 2nd 3

POACHERS surrendered a 2-0 half-time lead.

They dominated the first half and goals from Coral Wild and Katie Gray put them in the driving seat.

The offensive pressure continued throughout the game but the girls were unable to capitalise, as a strong Louth side bagged three after the break.

• A HAT-TRICK from Coral Wild and strikes from Roz Denis and Emma Dalton earned Poachers 3rd a 5-1 win over Boston on Tuesday.