LONG Sutton’s under-12 hockey team retained the Lincolnshire Cup in the most dramatic fashion possible with a winning goal in the dying seconds of their final match.
At a sun-baked North Hykeham venue, Sutton cruised through their pool matches, beating Sleaford, Boston and Lincoln along the way without conceding a goal.
In the play-offs they first faced their own clubmates, as Sutton’s B team had done fantastically well to qualify themselves.
That match went to the formbook and in a rematch with Lincoln they could only manage a goalless draw.
This left Sutton needing a win against Spalding – who had similarly brushed aside the competition.
Apart from one effort which was well saved by Charlie Hill, Sutton’s defence of Luke Temple and Leah Goodley was rarely troubled.
Jeorgia Carr and Harry Synnott dominated the midfield territory and Will White supplied cross after cross from the right wing, which brought nothing but a string of short corners – all of which were kept out by Spalding’s outstanding young keeper.
As the clock ticked on, it seemed that Spalding would hold out for the draw they needed to take the county crown.
But finally White managed a pinpoint cross and Kane Portass found space in the D to bang in the winning goal with three seconds remaining in the match – sparking wild Sutton celebrations as they made it back-to-back Lincs Cup successes.