Sutton manager reflects on day at Oakham where 'everything we worked on came off'
Long Sutton Athletic's 7-1 demolition of Oakham United in the ChromaSport Peterborough & District League (PDFL) Premier Division on Saturday was a day "where everything came together", according to manager Dan Monaghan.
Jake Clitheroe scored a hat-trick, Matt Eaton scored twice and Callum Davies also got on the scoresheet, with Oakham adding an own goal to Sutton's tally.
It was the biggest win for Monaghan's side this season and the fact that it took place at Oakham's Main Road ground made Saturday all the more satisfying for the Sutton boss.
"It was one of those games where everything came together well and everything we worked over the last couple of weeks came off," Monaghan said.
"But even though we won 7-1, we were a bit complacent and a bit sloppy in the second half.
"We could have won by more, but we were 4-0 up at half-time which gave us the opportunity to bring on a few subs.
"The first goal was a lob by Callim Davies over the keeper from 25 yards.
"But the most pleasing goal for me was Jake Clitheroe's first where we won the ball in midfield and then there were a couple of nice interchanges from us.
"We then spread the ball wide to Niall Burton who put a really good ball in at the edge of the box for Jake to finish."
Monaghan had been confident of Sutton's chances of beating 11th-placed Oakham after seeing his side draw in midweek at home to Moulton Harrox.
"We were very competitive against Moulton Harrox and so we felt a big win was coming," Monaghan said.
"Saturday was a bit of a reaction to our performance against Moulton Harrox and at Oakham, Niall was especially dangerous down the right-hand side."
Sutton are now eighth, three places and eight points behind Harrox who were dealt another blow to their hopes of retaining the Premier Division title after a 1-0 loss at home to Uppingham Town.
Rob Forster was on target for the Rutland-based side at Broad Lane where Kev Nottingham's side suffered their fourth league defeat of the season.
Harrox are fifth, four points behind leaders Netherton United having played two games more.
Meanwhile, there was more to celebrate for Long Sutton Athletic after the Reserves' side reached the third round of the Peterborough Junior Cup.
But Carl Taylor's side were taken all the way to a penalty shoot-out by Leverington Sports Reserves after a goalless 90 minutes.
Sutton eventually went through 4-2 on spot kicks and would have gone on to meet Farcet United in what would have been a match-up between sides from Divisions Two (Sutton) and Three (Farcet).
Farcet themselves were in Division Three action on Saturday when they won 4-2 at home to Tydd Reserves.
Kai Scott-Henso scored twice for Tydd at Farcet's Middletons Road ground.
NECI's progress in the PDFL League Cup was ended with a 3-1 defeat at home to Premier Division side Thorney.
Cory Rose was on target for Whaplode Drove-based NECI, with Tom Florence, Joe Graham and John Yambasu the scorers for Thorney.
Spalding Town were beaten 3-0 by Eye United in their PFSDF Peterborough Challenge Cup semi-final at Knight Street, Pinchbeck.
A double from Luke Gasson and a goal by Lewis Dixon saw off Spalding, with Eye having lined up a final against Stamford Belvedere.
In PDFL Division One, leaders Crowland Town went down to a 1-0 home defeat against Stamford Belvedere, a first defeat in seven matches for Neil Colley's side.
There was better news for Crowland Town Reserves who won 3-2 at Thorpe Wood Rangers with goals from Jordan Kirchin, Chris Winstanley and Liam Rigg.
Crowland are top of PDFL Division Two, a point clear of second-placed Netherton United Reserves, with a game in hand.
Thurlby Tigers fought out a 3-3 draw at home to Kings Cliffe Reserves in Division Four.
Rory Ablewhite and a double from Tim Palmer ensured Tigers a point at Brudenell Playing Field, Baston, on Saturday.
In Division Five B, Spalding Town Reserves were on the wrong end of a 7-2 hammering at Rippingale & Folkingham Reserves.
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