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No home comforts for Sutton men's firsts after St Ives defeat




Four games into the season and Long Sutton men's first team have yet to secure a point after losing 3-1 to St Ives.

Captain Stefan Fox and his team took to the field at Peele Leisure Centre looking for two things, their first points of the year and the same spirit they played with last season.

The game started at a high tempo, with Tom Burton especially lively and Dan Batten running the midfield matching with intelligent play.

Long Sutton men's first team lost 3-1 at home to St Ives.Photo by Tim Wilson.SG-051019-072TW.
Long Sutton men's first team lost 3-1 at home to St Ives.Photo by Tim Wilson.SG-051019-072TW.

Sutton should have taken the lead early on, only for Nick Ellis to hit the post in front of an open goal.

At the other end, Brad Whitmore was keeping out any St Ives' chances, although the score could have been 4-4 at half time.

In the second half, Sutton applied the pressure and it was no surprise when they took the lead through an excellent reverse shot from Josh Baker.

Tom Burton (in green) Peele Leisure Centre - men's hockey action Long Sutton v Pelicans (18865989)
Tom Burton (in green) Peele Leisure Centre - men's hockey action Long Sutton v Pelicans (18865989)

However, this seemed to energise St Ives and they pushed forward in the hope of equalising quickly which they did from a short corner.

Going into the last ten minutes, Sutton went in search of a morale-boosting winner but with five minutes left, the home side were hit with a sucker punch as St Ives took the lead from another short corner.

This was the signal for Sutton to look for an equaliser, only to concede a late third goal which give the final scoreline a look that flattered St Ives.

Despite coming away from the game with no points, there were some positives for Long Sutton which included good performances all over the pitch, plenty of spirit and a player of the match award for Burton.


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