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HOCKEY: Gittins' double for Long Sutton in Alford thriller




Emmy Gittins scored two goals against Alford. Photos (TIM WILSON): 290819-30
Emmy Gittins scored two goals against Alford. Photos (TIM WILSON): 290819-30

Long Sutton ladies' first team earned their first win of the season after a seven-goal thriller against Alford firsts'.

In what was always going to be a physical game, an error in defence allowed the Alford forward to get through on goal and her shot somehow rolled under the foot of Lorraine Wallis.

However, Sutton started to pass the ball quickly around the Alford midfield and the game was pushed into the opposition's half.

Amber Jones was found in the D and she squared for Emmy Gittins to push past the diving keeper.

When an Alford pass was intercepted by Maisie Sullivan, she found Connie Gittins whose supply to Amber Jones was returned for Connie to score on the rebound.

Connie Gittings puts Long Sutton in front against Alford. Photo: 290819-25
Connie Gittings puts Long Sutton in front against Alford. Photo: 290819-25

When an Alford pass was intercepted by Maisie Sullivan, she found Connie Gittins whose supply to Amber Jones was returned for Connie to score on the rebound.

Then from a short corne, the Alford players stopped for a reason known only to them and Emmy Gittins scored her second.

But when Alford scrambled in two quick goals to make it 3-3, the game was on a knife-edge.

Sutton forced numerous short corners in the last couple of minutes but they still couldn't find a way through.

The last short corner, which coincided with the end of the game, saw Sutton play the ball out to Jo Bland whose shot was half-stopped but helped on its way by Amber Jones and the ball crossed the line.

Meanwhile, Spalding men’s first team got their first win of the season against Blueharts at Glen Park.

In a closely-fought match, Spalding started strongly and created the bulk of the chances within the first ten minutes.

But it was Blueharts who struck first with a neat counter attack before Spalding pummelled their opponent’s defence in search of a rapid equaliser.

The goal soon came through Spalding captain Stuart Cunnington who netted from a short corner after smart play from his team-mates.

Spalding continued to pile on the pressure in the second half and when they were awarded a penalty stroke after a neat interception from Lawrence Smith-Hughes, Glen Richardson slotted home the winner.



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