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HOCKEY: Clean sheet boosts Long Sutton's survival hopes

Lorraine Wallis kept out relegation rivals Cambridge City 4th with a series of saves as Long Sutton ladies earned a goalless draw.

The game started at a frantic pace but the defence of Jess Burton, Maisie Sullivan, Tania White and Lauren Cooper stood firm until a smart stop from Wallis denied City.

Numerous short corners were won but the Sutton back line are finally sorting out their defensive duties at this set-piece and nothing was given away.

Lorraine Wallis
Lorraine Wallis

With the speed across the midfield of the Gittins twins and Amber Jones, Sutton slowly began to work their way into the game and very nearly took the lead.

A quick ball out of defence found its way to Lisa Baker who set off on a mazy run and unselfishly threaded the ball square to Connie Gittins.

The City keeper made a smart save but Gittins was quickly onto the rebound and rounded the stranded keeper - but a stick from a defender took the ball agonisingly wide of the goal.

Wallis found herself in the right place at the right time when City were peppering the goal to boost Sutton's chances of maintaining their Division Two status.

Dan Batten was on target but Sutton men's first team lost 2-1 at home to Pelicans.

The visitors broke the deadlock 30 seconds from half-time.

The leveller came when Alex Canham stole the ball in midfield and played it through to Batten who emphatically finished.

However, they conceded a goal straight away to hand the lead back to Pelicans following a series of errors.

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