HOCKEY: Youthful Sutton hit rivals Spalding for six

UNDER PRESSURE: Long Sutton 1st had a tough weekend in East Men's League Premier B Division. They are pictured defending for their lives against rivals Wisbech 1st on Saturday, before eventually going down 4-2 at the Peele Leisure Centre. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG160213-146TW
UNDER PRESSURE: Long Sutton 1st had a tough weekend in East Men's League Premier B Division. They are pictured defending for their lives against rivals Wisbech 1st on Saturday, before eventually going down 4-2 at the Peele Leisure Centre. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG160213-146TW
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Young guns from Long Sutton 4th fired an incredible six goals as they crushed rivals Spalding 5th in East Men’s League Division 6NW (N).

In a battle between two of the league’s bottom three, Sutton opened the scoring at Glen Park when Jason Mallet fired home a trademark reverse stick effort.

A peach of a strike from Alex Wilkinson– playing his first game of the season – put Sutton in command, but Dom Ibrahim pounced to make it 2-1 before half time.

It was all about the visitors in the second half, as Adam Wiles netted a fine solo strike and James Baker delivered his first hat-trick of the campaign.

Max Bodimead did net his first Spalding goal too, but it couldn’t stop Sutton securing their first win of 2013.

Meanwhile, Long Sutton 1st suffered two defeats in Premier B over the weekend, as they continue to hover perilously above the drop zone.

On Saturday they went down 4-2 at home to rivals Wisbech 1st at the Peele Leisure Centre. A sloppy start saw the visitors go 2-0 up, but Sutton slowly came into the game and pulled one back through Josh Fyson. However, Wisbech added a third before half time and bagged a fourth in the second period, rendering Fyson’s second a consolation.

Sutton were much happier with their efforts at leaders Ramgarhia 1st on Sunday, despite going down 3-1.

They opened the scoring when a fine ball from Nick Ellis was smashed home by Gary Hales. The hosts did go in 2-1 up at half time though, thanks to a looping short corner effort and another strike soon after.

Number three arrived from a flick in the second period, but Sutton keeper James Cliff was in tremendous form to keep the score down in what was a top team showing despite the result.

Elsewhere, Spalding 1st went down 4-2 against Cambs Uni 3rd in Division 2N. Having fallen 4-2 down, Stuart Cunnington restored some pride for Spalding with two deflected efforts.

Spalding 2nd had a better time of it in Division 4NW as they thrashed high-flying Horncastle 1st 4-0.

Richard McKenna, Pete Wright (2) and Graham Doades notched to avenge a 2012 loss in the reverse.

Long Sutton 3rd were also in winning form in Division 6NW (N). Matt Grange and Alex Canham scored in the last ten minutes to see off Alford 2nd 2-1.

• Spalding Poachers 1st came from behind to beat Louth 1st 3-1 in East Women’s League Division 2NW – keeping their promotion dreams alive.

A penalty corner gave lowly Louth the lead at Glen Park, but Emma Dalton soon levelled with a penalty effort of her own.

Nic Bradley’s strike from a short corner then went in off a defender as Poachers went ahead for the first time.

Spalding wrapped up the win when Dalton swept the ball in from the left, with Steph Wilson making sure the ball crossed the line.

The win leaves Poachers four points off the leading duo.

Spalding Poachers 3rd were also in winning form, as goals from Alex Allwright and debutant Michelle Smith secured a 2-0 success at March Ladies’ 2nd.

That leaves Spalding two points off top spot in Cambs Ladies League Division Two.