HOCKEY: Sutton hit back for thrilling win

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LONG SUTTON 2nd 4 ST IVES 3rd 2: A SUPER all-round display helped Sutton come from behind to seal a thrilling win.

After shipping the opener, Sutton levelled when the first of three penalty flicks which was converted by man-of-the-match Ben Shore.

Shore scored again at the start of the second half and this was followed by Ben Smith converting a second penalty flick to put some distance between the teams.

St Ives fought back and scored with a flick of their own, but Smith followed up another flick to bag his second and seal the points.

LONG SUTTON 1st 1

HARLESTON MAGPIES 2nd 4

MAGPIES soared to glory on a bouncy water-based pitch.

Harlestone scored early, but Sutton battled back with Featherstone and Cook starring down the left.

Against the run of play Harlestone doubled their lead shortly after the break, but this spurred Sutton on even more – especially when Harlestone lost their keeper for five minutes after he deliberately stopped the ball outside the D.

Ellis pulled one back while Magpies were a man down, but two more goals sealed Sutton’s fate.

CAMBS SOUTH 1st 3

SPALDING 1st 0

A SLOW start from Spalding saw them slump to a first defeat of the season.

Despite creating a number of chances and winning short corners, Spalding were caught on the break to go 1-0 down before half time.

It was the same after the break. Spalding continued to press, but two well-taken goals in the last five minutes sealed Cambs’ win.

SPALDING 2nd 1

NEWMARKET 1st 5

RUNAWAY leaders Newmarket had too much for Spalding.

With three players dropping out at the last minute and a number carrying injuries, Spalding were depleted and found themselves 3-0 down.

Graham Doades pulled one back ten minutes into the second half, but Newmarket struck on the break twice more before the end of the game. Rob Callaby was a busy boy in goal, while Ed Hall set up the goal after dropping into midfield.

LONG SUTTON 3rd 1

GRANTHAM 1st 0

TABLE toppers Grantham were gunned down by Josh Fyson’s drag flick.

Alex Canham has a goal ruled out before Fyson struck the only goal from a short corner.

Unbeaten Grantham responded well and only excellent work by Albert Slator in goal and Jason Mallett and Jamie Slator in defence maintained the clean sheet.

SPALDING 5th 1

ALFORD 2nd 5

JOE Higgins’ strike was the only consolation for Spalding in this heavy loss.

Spalding had kept the visitors down to 1-0 at the break, but Alford scored four in quick succession to seal the win. The hosts worked hard, but despite promising debuts from Jack Drury, Jake Wilkinson and Nat Martin, could only manage one goal.

LONG SUTTON 4th 1

HORNCASTLE 2nd 5

DESPITE another spirited display, Sutton were soundly beaten.

Horncastle took the lead, captain Matt King slipped the ball to debutante, Oliver Gayford who knocked the ball home to level the scores. Despite some top saves from Ray Warrick, Sutton shipped four more goals.

SPALDING POACHERS 1st 2

CAMBS UNI 3rd 2

A LATE strike denied Poachers all three points.

The first half was goalless. Karen Timby went closest for Spalding with a fantastic reverse aerial shot.

Spalding took the lead when Jacqui Hunter’s strike was well-saved, but the rebound was slotted home by Steph Wilson.

Cambridge hit back quickly, but Spalding kept their shape and won a short corner. Hunter’s shot was saved, but Annie Dalton deftly flicked the rebound home. But Cambridge replied from the re-start in the last few seconds of the game.

LONG SUTTON LADIES’ 1st 2

COP LADIES’ 2nd

SUPER Sutton earned a fine win over their city rivals.

Rebecca Kierman slotted home the opener at the far post from a rebound, before Bryony Normanton flicked the second in from the top of the D. Melissa Ludlam was Sutton’s player of the match.

ALFORD LADIES’ 2nd 0

LONG SUTTON LADIES’ 2nd 6

SIX-UP Sutton smashed Skegness as they enjoyed their day at the seaside.

Lisa Baker scored an impressive four – including a great reverse goal into the top of the net.

Katie Ireland added the other two in a stunning display.