Long Sutton ladies first team set up Saturday’s top-of-the-table clash at Spalding with a 5-1 home win over Cambridge Nomads.
They moved into second spot with goals from Lisa Baker, Jess Hudson, Leanne Woodhead (2) and Lyn Tancred.
Losing inspirational captain Woodhead for a short spell to a yellow card before the start of the second period didn’t stop Long Sutton from adding three more goals to a 2-0 half-time lead.
Ten-minute purple patches before half-time and in the final quarter of the game were enough to secure three more valuable league points.
Nomads’ first scoring opportunity needed a sharp intervention by in-form goalkeeper Lorraine Wallis.
Sutton failed to convert a sequence of short corners but Baker finally put them into a well-deserved lead.
They kept up the tempo and won a short corner with a minute left in the first half.
This time the ball was injected cleanly by Tancred and Hudson hit a crisp direct shot which flew perfectly into the far corner.
Sutton increased their lead when Woodhead broke through and fired a shot off which the keeper could only deflect into the goal.
Tancred added the fourth, having worked space to receive a crisp pass and she struck the ball from just inside the extreme of the D. The Nomads keeper mistook the shot for being outside of the D and allowed the ball to run into goal, gifting a soft extension to Sutton’s lead.
Nomads got a consolation before Woodhead put the outcome beyond doubt. Lou Southgate passed the ball to Woodhead who turned and hit a shot firmly past the keeper.
Meanwhile, the men’s first team won 4-3 at East London on the Olympic Park.
A short corner was neatly converted by Josh Fyson to put them into a first-minute lead.
Ben Shore doubled the advantage but the score was level by half-time.
Shore scored again and Ross Gavaghan got his first of the season as Sutton saw out the game to take all three points after East London pulled one back.