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.