Struggling Sutton suffer tenth loss of the season at Norfolk university side
Long Sutton men's first team are in danger of ending the first half of the season without a win, having played ten games already.
The latest setback came at the hands of University of East Anglia (UEA) firsts who would have won by even more than the eventual 9-1 scoreline.
Sutton had goalkeeper Brad Whitmore to thank for preventing his side from conceding ten or more goals for the first time this season.
The visitors arrived in Norwich no knowing what mood they would find their opponents in, with UEA having won half of their ten matches so far this season.
But the hosts were fully focused, while Sutton were short of a number of regulars, including Tom Burton, James Cliff., James Collingwood and Harry Synnott.
Fortunately, Jack Smith for stepping up from the second team to help out and Will White travelled back from university to play as well.
Despite their absentees. Sutton started resolutely and defended well.
But after 14 minutes, however, the students found the answer to unlocking the visitors' defence and once they did, Sutton conceded five 5 times in the first half.
It could have been more without the saves of Whitmore who was inspired in the Sutton goal.
The second half started with UEA looking to improve their goal difference, while Sutton were hoping to keep the scoreline down.
But within five minutes of the restart, Josh Baker took an accidental stick to the eye which left him shocked, bruised and dazed.
Baker eventually went to hospital and his team-mates let in four more goals.
Sutton's consolation strike came from Harry's brother Jacob Synott after good work by Alex Canham and Will Taylor.
There was enough time for more heroics from Whitmore in the Sutton goal, including a superb stick save from a flick by UEA.
Sutton travel to Kettering on Saturday hoping for some league points at last in what what will be their final game of 2019.
. Spalding men’s third team went to Cambridge South thirds looking for their first win for five weeks.
The first half was played at a high intensity, with both teams looking to score.
However, it was Cambridge who broke the deadlock through Jonny Camp.
This prompted Spalding to apply the pressure and after winning a flurry of short corners, the visitors' equaliser came from one of them with a goal from Steve Hart.
High intensity also characterised the second half until Spalding's moreexperienced opposition took over the game.
They eventually scored another four goals, two for Camp and one each from Peter Creed and Seb Dias.
Despite the 5-1 scoreline, Spalding's men's third team left Norwich withcredit, especially many of the youngsters who stepped up and battled until the final whistle.
Spalding thirds finish the year with a game against Cambridge Nomads seconds at Glen Park, Surfleet, on Saturday.
Premier B: St Albans 2nd 3 Upminster 2, Havering 2 Old Southendian 5, Blueharts v Cambridge University 2nd match abandoned.
Division Two North: University of East Anglia 9 Long Sutton 1, City of Peterborough 3rd 3 Norwich City 2nd 1, Harleston Magpies 2nd 4 Norwich Dragons 1.
Division Three NW: Bourne Deeping 2nd 2 St Ives 2nd 3, Ely City 1 March Town 5.
Division Four NW: Cambridge South 3rd 5 Spalding 3rd 1, Alford & District 2 Kettering 2nd 2, Cambridge City 5th 4 Bourne Deeping 3rd 0, Wisbech Town 2nd 4 St Ives 3rd 1, City of Peterborough 5th 0 Wellingborough 1.
Division Five NW: Cambridge City 6th 3 Cambridge South 4th 3, Kettering 3rd 5 March Town 2nd 0, Bourne Deeping 4th 4 Louth 2nd 0,
Division Six NW (N):Alford & District 2nd 1 City of Peterborough 8th 0.
Division Two NW: Cambridge South 4 Cambridge City 4th 0, Saffron Walden 1 Bury St Edmunds 2nd 2.
Division Three NW: Ely City 2 Alford & District 3.
Division Four NW (N): Spilsby 1 Louth 2nd 1.
Premier B: Cambridge University 2nd v Broxbourne, Upminster v Havering, Old Southendian v Blueharts, Spalding v Bourne Deeping, Letchworth v Shefford & Sandy, Waltham Forest v St Albans 2nd.
Division Two North: University of East Anglia v Norwich City 2nd, Kettering v Long Sutton, Dereham 2nd v Norwich Dragons, St Ives v Harleston Magpies 2nd, City of Peterborough 3rd v Horncastle, Harleston Magpies 3rd v Pelicans.
Division Three NW: Cambridge City Vets v St Ives 2nd, Cambridge South 2nd v Spalding 2nd, Bourne Deeping 2nd v March Town, Cambridge University 3rd v Leadenham, Ely City v City of Peterborough 4th.
Division Four NW: Cambridge South 3rd v Cambridge City 5th, Wisbech Town 2nd v Wellingborough, Alford & District v Bourne Deeping 3rd, Louth v St Ives 3rd, Spalding 3rd v Cambridge Nomads 2nd, City of Peterborough 5th v Kettering 2nd.
Division Five NW: Spalding 4th v Louth 2nd, St Neots 2nd v Bourne Deeping 4th, Cambridge City 6th v March Town 2nd, Bourne Deeping 5th v Cambridge South 4th, Kettering 3rd v City of Peterborough 6th, Wisbech Town 3rd vEly City 2nd.
Division Six NW (N): City of Peterborough 8th v Bourne Deeping 6th, Leadenham 3rd v Long Sutton 3rd, Horncastle 2nd v Leadenham 2nd, Spalding 5th v Alford & District 2nd.
Division Two NW: Cambridge City 4th v Cambridge University 3rd, Spalding v Dereham 2nd, Cambridge South v Cambridge Nomads, Saffron Walden v Pelicans, St Ives 2nd v Bury St Edmunds 2nd.
Division Three NW: Huntingdon v St Neots 2nd, Ely City v Spalding 2nd, City of Peterborough 3rd v Horncastle.
Division Four NW (N): Spalding 3rd v Wisbech Town 2nd, Horncastle 2nd v City of Peterborough 4th, Bourne Deeping 3rd v Leadenham, Alford & District 2nd v Louth 2nd.
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