Sutton men score six at Peterborough but ladies held by stubborn Pelicans
CITY OF PETERBOROUGH 3RDS 2,
LONG SUTTON 1STS 6
Long Sutton's men team made it six wins in their last ten Division 2N games at mid-table Peterborough.
With Matt Braginton deputising for the unavailable Brad Whitmore, Sutton's 12-man squad started well against their visitors from the city, taking the game to them at every opportunity.
Sutton opened the scoring with a well-taken goal by Will Taylor from a short corner before Josh Baker made it 2-0.
Alex Canham then added a third to give his side a valuable cushion at half-time.
The defence of Edmund White, Stefan Fox, Tom Burton and Tom Baguley work well in front of the excellent Braginton in the Sutton goal.
In the second half, Sutton came out and conceded two goals quickly to give Peterborough hope of a famous comeback.
Sutton, however, would not be denied and when McKenzie East was fouled by the Peterborough keeper, Canham stepped up and finished the flick well to give Sutton a two-goal cushion again.
James Collingwood-Smith, Jacob Synott and Nick Ellis worked well to set up chances for more goal, with Taylor netting Sutton's fifth with a good finish before Canham completed his hat-trick with a deflected finish from Taylor's cross.
LONG SUTTON LADIES 1STS 0,
PELICANS LADIES 1STS 0
History repeated itself for Sutton as they shared the points again with Pelicans, just as they did in the reverse Division 2NW fixtures last November.
This time though, captain Tanya White and her side failed to score against a dogged Pelicans side, in contrast to their 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture.
Sutton started well and took the game to Pelicans, enjoying much of the possession after a slight change in formation.
With Jemima Dodd absent, Amber Jones was called into left midfield alongside Emmy Gittins and Katie Collingwood-Smith.
Numerous chances went begging, with Connie Gittins and Hannah Baker going agonisingly close.
At the other end, any attacks by Pelicans were comfortably dealt with by the back four of Lisa Baker, Tania White, Maisie Sullivan and Jess Burton, with Gemma Parr marshalling in front of the quartet.
Although it was felt that the goals would inevitably come, Pelicans continued to frustrate Long Sutton in the second half and they nearly scored themselves when a ball was pushed underneath goalkeeper Lorraine Wallis and rebounded off the post.
Sutton brought on Charlotte Walsh to push for a winning goal, but it remained elusive, although White's side have the consolation of being third in the table.
SPALDING LADIES 1STS 1,
BURY ST EDMUNDS LADIES 2NDS 4
Already promoted Bury showed no signs of easing up in their Division 2NW match against Spalding at Glen Park on Saturday.
The home side were looking to avenge their 6-3 defeat back in November.
But instead, a well-organised Bury side constantly pushed Spalding back and when a long through-ball caught the home side's defence off guard and debutant Georgia Wishlade finished well on the reverse to give her side the lead.
Bury then made it 2-0 following a defensive error which allowed Becky Guy to calmly play the ball around Spalding's goalkeeper and let in Wishlade to finish from close range.
Spalding then enjoyed a good spell of pressure and, following a good interchange of passes, they won a short corner.
A good ball across the D from Ellie Holland allowed Mia Dewing to calmly place the ball into the corner of the Bury net.
In the second half, Spalding looked for an equaliser as man of the match Meg Moore constantly hassled the Bury defence.
However, great defending and great goalkeeping kept Spalding out and the closest they came was when one effort produced a great goal line save by Bury's Kate Bastow.
Unfortunately, Spalding were caught off guard with a long ball which resulted in Amy Morris adding to the visitors' tally from a penalty corner.
Dewing let hers and her team's frustrations spill over when she was shown a green card for knocking the ball away.
With Spalding searching for a goal, Bury then caught them on the counter-attack and Shazz Holton made it 4-1.
HUNTINGDON LADIES 1STS 0,
SPALDING LADIES 2NDS 1
After playing for more than three months without a win, Spalding made it back-to-back victories in Division 3NW with a league double over Huntingdon.
The game started well as Spalding showed a real hunger for the ball and despite some early pressure from Huntingdon, the defence of Grace Hodgett and Lisa Dean stayed strong.
Meanwhile, attackers Alanna "AJ" Bunyan and Eva Keyes worked well to channel an opportunity for Kate Tilbrook who just shot wide.
New additions Kate Amess and Pippa Bembridge provided width on the right-hand side to trouble the Huntingdon defenders, but the score was 0-0 at half-time.
Then midway through the second half, great defensive work by Hodgett allowed Keyes to play the ball into D where Bunyan set up Bembridge for her first-ever goal for the 2nds.
SPALDING LADIES 3RDS 2,
MARCH TOWN LADIES 1STS 1
Sam Foston and Allison Wilson were on target as Spalding overturned an early 1-0 deficit to win this mid-table Division 4NW (N) clash at Glen Park, leapfrogging March in the table as a result.
Despite having several players missing and a shuffling around of positions needed within the team, Spalding were determined to take the three points on offer.
But when March scored early on, Spalding's ambitions were soon put to the test.
However, they soon settled and as Lisa Ceaser brought the ball out of defence, the midfielders began to move the ball forwards and set up attempts on goal.
Youngster Maisie Foden and the more experienced Sam Foston worked well together before a short corner allowed Foston to equalise.
Another youngster on the Spalding team, Elaine Allen, showed real energy in chasing down balls and making vital interceptions throughout the game.
But minutes before half time, when the teams were level at 1-1, Ali Willson was shown a green card.
In the second half, Amy Naylor attacked the March goal on numerous occasions, while Spalding had to be equally alert in defence.
Then with just over ten minutes to play, Georgia Smith won a short corner which Ali Willson smacked past the March keeper to make it 2-1.
OTHER RESULTS: DIVISION 4NW: Louth 1sts 5, Spalding 3rds 1 (Russell Watts);
DIVISION 5NW: Spalding 4ths 2 (Ben Scholes, Ryan Mountney), City of Peterborough 6ths 3.