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HOCKEY: Great experience at Long Sutton




Glenn Kirkham team - back from left: Alan Sanderson, Callum Stockdale, Colin Stockdale, Cam Heald, Peter Worth (Long Sutton president), Robert Johnson, Richard Alexander, Jordan Heald, Tyler Hagan; front: JJ Lankfer, Joe Finding, Glenn Kirkham, Natahn Rosario, Ross Ambler, Jonny Appleton, Neil Evans. Photo: SG-1808018-0100MF
Glenn Kirkham team - back from left: Alan Sanderson, Callum Stockdale, Colin Stockdale, Cam Heald, Peter Worth (Long Sutton president), Robert Johnson, Richard Alexander, Jordan Heald, Tyler Hagan; front: JJ Lankfer, Joe Finding, Glenn Kirkham, Natahn Rosario, Ross Ambler, Jonny Appleton, Neil Evans. Photo: SG-1808018-0100MF

Long Sutton hosted their presidents day with an old players reunion last Saturday.

Old boy Glenn Kirkham - the former Great Britain and England captain with more than 200 caps - brought a team including eight international players to play a Long Sutton invitational side.

The game started at an electric pace with Cam Heald slamming the ball past Matt Braginton within the first five minutes.

The Long Sutton side battled incredibly hard and kept Alan Sanderson alert and active in the GK team goal.

To have such players on a local pitch was testament to Kirkham's links to the club and the flowing curly locks were instantly recognizable as Richard Alexander, ghosting through the midfield, showed what class was on offer for the crowd.

Nathan Rosario (Peterborough and England under-16) scored a goal before half-time along with JJ Lankfer and Long Sutton coach Neil Evans.

Kirkham's team included old boy Colin Stockdale who had travelled down from Dumfries with his son to take part in the game.

The Scottish Masters international brought back memories of his time at Long Sutton and his son showed him how it should have been done.

The game slowed a little which allowed the Long Sutton team to advance further upfield to create chances - one of which was a shot by Dan Martell which was turned over the goaline excellently by Luke Jackson.

Long Sutton continued to press high and in between further GK team goals, they scored again through Josh Baker.

Rosario scored a second with a spectacular shoulder high slap from half way in the area.

Kirkham managed to score against his old team as well as Robert Johnson and Heald.

The game finished 7-2 to the All Stars but that wasn’t the story of the game.

The Long Sutton invitational players had come up against a side which include past, present and the next big stars and can hold their heads high as they matched them for large parts of the game.

Long Sutton Invitational - back from left: Matt Pilgrim (umpire), Gary Hales, Luke Jackson, Andy Shore, Chris Worth, Peter Worth (Long Sutton president), Josh Fyson, Jason Mallett, Nick Ellis, Chris Dodd (umpire); front: Ash Taylor, Dan Batten, Dan Martell, Sam Markilie, Matt Braginton, Matt Goodley, Charles Hardy, Josh Rowbottom, Josh Baker. Photo: SG-1808018-099MF
Long Sutton Invitational - back from left: Matt Pilgrim (umpire), Gary Hales, Luke Jackson, Andy Shore, Chris Worth, Peter Worth (Long Sutton president), Josh Fyson, Jason Mallett, Nick Ellis, Chris Dodd (umpire); front: Ash Taylor, Dan Batten, Dan Martell, Sam Markilie, Matt Braginton, Matt Goodley, Charles Hardy, Josh Rowbottom, Josh Baker. Photo: SG-1808018-099MF

Everyone came off the pitch having thoroughly enjoyed the experience and as the aim of the day was to raise money for the re-surfacing of the artificial pitch, a lot of money was raised thanks to old players, local people and others associated to the club.

A special thanks must go to everyone who has donated, as well as Dodfrey Engineering Ltd for sponsoring the day, Elgoods Brewery for donating the bar, the players from both teams, Kirkham and everyone who helped on the day.

Photos by Michael Fysh
Photos by Michael Fysh

The next event is the area's first Colour Run on Monday starting at Long Sutton Cricket Club (registration from 9.30am).

Information can be found at www.longsuttonhockey.co.uk, Facebook or email LSHCAstroFundraising@gmail.com



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