Tigers on top form with five wins but B team look to grow

Long Sutton defend their goal
Long Sutton defend their goal
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Long Sutton B opened up this league with a match against Spalding Tigers.

For all but two of this 
squad it was their first outing at under-14 level and for one his first competitive start so this was very much about 
finding their feet and developing the season.

Spalding showed more strength and speed to open with a 2-0 win but it was 
closer than that scoreline.

Sutton’s next match was against Sleaford and they started to feel comfortable in coming away with a 0-0 draw.

Josh Ripley played very well at the back and Harry 
Bragington, making his 
debut for Long Sutton, ran and tackled like he had been 
playing for years.

Alford beat Long Sutton B 1-0 with the last hit of the game.

Connie and Emmy Gittins 
ran down the flanks with more confidence as the games 
went on and found space to create chances. On another day Jacob Synnott, Patrick Walsh and Kieron Smith could all have got a goal.

Bourne-Deeping came next and another 0-0 draw with Tyler Hagan making some great saves. He is quickly 
developing into a cracking young keeper and showed he is pushing Brad Whitmore all the time in the A team goal.

The last match against Horncastle started very well with captain Synnott scoring to take an early lead. His run through the defence led to an opening from which he made no mistake.

Horncastle were not to be denied and somehow 
managed to beat Hagan and found the far corner to equal things up. Just to prove that it was not a fluke they did it again a few minutes later.

They were inch-perfect shots but this only spurred Sutton on and great play from Emmy Gittins created space for her sister to calmly sweep home to equalise.

Hagan played well in goal, Smith showed confidence in his drives forward and will not rest until he scores which is good to see.

Ripley is becoming the 
solid defender which teams are built round while Connie 
and Emmy are showing 
awareness and creativity which will give defenders a lot to think about this year,

Walsh battled hard all day despite an injury, Bragington 
was a little terrier – never stepping out of a tackle and running with purpose – and Synnott was out to prove that he can play high up the pitch and did just that.

This team will gel and grow this year and will be expected to top this league at some point.