Synnott clinches the title just two minutes from time

Harry Synnott going for goal
Harry Synnott going for goal
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Long Sutton Under 14s went one better than last season when winning the Lincolnshire Friendly League at Peele College.

They capped an impressive season by edging out Lincoln A by just one goal on goal difference.

Both teams were unbeaten, winning three and drawing their other two matches, and both scored 14 goals but Sutton keeper Ben Whitmore conceded just once compared to the two that Lincoln let in.

The hosts faced Lincoln in their opener and, although shading it in terms of possession and chances, neither side was able to find the net.

Another draw followed against local rivals Spalding Lions with Will White equalising for the host club.

Spalding then drew with Lincoln and it became apparent that the trophy’s destination would probably come down to goal difference, which was not ideal for Sutton given that they were without long-time leading scorer Kane Portass.

They needed to step up as a unit and share the goalscoring burden around and that’s just what they did with Georgina Maplethorpe, Harry Synnott, White and newcomer Matt Goodley all finding the net as they won both of their last two matches 5-0.

Sutton went into their final match against Alford knowing they needed to win by five goals to clinch the title and they duly did so, the crowning moment coming with an audacious reverse stick shot from Synnott just two minutes from time.

The hosts’ B team, featuring many who had won the Under 12 crown, played in Division Two and came a creditable third

For most of the A team, it was their last chance of silverware in the junior ranks but the club clearly has many talented youngsters ready to step up from the Under 12 age group.