HOCKEY: University side taught a lesson by Long Sutton

Long Sutton
Long Sutton

Lyn Tancred and skipper Leanne Woodhead were on target again as Long Sutton ladies first team continued their push for a top-two finish.

They both scored in the first half against bottom-of-the-table Cambridge University 3rd at Peele Leisure Centre.

Fresh from a great result at league leaders St Neots last week, Sutton maintained the momentum.

Cambridge University had surprised Long Sutton earlier in the season to gain a vital point in their relegation fight.

But this time Sutton were immediately on the front foot, taking the game to the visitors.

Within two minutes, the home side got their first short corner and the pressure continued.

Keeper Lorraine Wallis was called upon to use her kicking abilities to eradicate the danger and the home side looked solid.

It wasn’t long before the home side took the lead when a forceful run by Emmie Gittings down the right led to a strong cross into the D towards the near post.

Running into the D, Woodhead flung herself full length on the floor to divert the ball past the keeper.

Soon afterwards they doubled the lead when Connie Gittings made another good run down the right before putting Tancred through with the keeper to beat. Moving the keeper around, Tancred coolly slotted home.

In the second half, Emmie Gittings was unlucky to deflect a cross from Woodhead onto the back post and the captain reversed a ball 
onto the crossbar.

In between, the keeper saved well from Tancred and then Wallis made a couple of smart saves as she rushed from the line to spread herself and deflect the ball away.

Long Sutton soon regained control and they ran out comfortable winners.

They will look to maintain pressure on the other teams away to Cambridge City 3rd on Saturday.