HOCKEY: South Holland duo boss the county scene again

CHAMPIONS: Victorious Long Sutton Hockey Club celebrate their success at the Lincolnshire County Club Championships. Photo supplied
CHAMPIONS: Victorious Long Sutton Hockey Club celebrate their success at the Lincolnshire County Club Championships. Photo supplied
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Long Sutton enhanced their reputation as the counties’ top men’s hockey team with another victory at the Lincolnshire County Club Championships.

They added another title to their record haul of 11 successes in the tournament with a penalty flick win over Lincoln Roses in the final.

But the club were denied a double, as Spalding’s ladies delivered an impressive win in the women’s final.

Sutton’s men had earlier met Brigg in the semi final – and although the game started at a leisurely pace, they managed to win 6-2 to set up another juicy encounter with old foes Roses in the finale.

Roses started the brighter and caught Sutton napping as they went 1-0 up.

But Sutton woke up and responded with Nick Bailey levelling things up with a delicious deflection over the keeper.

They then went into the lead for the first time as Ben Shore kept his calm superbly and reverse flicked the ball into the goal.

Sutton then had chances to wrap-up the tie, but the outstanding Roses keeper kept the them at bay with some sublime saves.

His heroics bore fruit, with Roses able to equalise and force penalty flicks at 2-2.

Hero keeper James Cliff saved the first from Roses, with all of Sutton’s marksmen on-target to secure the title.

ln the ladies’ event, Spalding beat Lincoln Roses 1-0 in their opening pool match, before goals from Kelly Slater, Jacqui Hunter and Nic Bradley saw off Alford 3-0.

That set-up a final against rivals Sutton, although both sides were struggling with the intensity of three games back-to-back.

Helen Jex opened the scoring for Spalding to give them a 1-0 lead into the half-time break.

Long Sutton came out strongly and scored early to even the scores.

But Spalding fought back well and it wasn’t long before Jex found the back of the net with a brilliant finish to score the winning goal and give Spalding the Lincolnshire crown – in what was a reverse of last season’s positions in the county showpiece.