Round-up of the weekend action from Long Sutton Hockey Club
Long Sutton continued their strong home form by hitting St Neots for six at the Peele Leisure Centre on Saturday.
It was their fourth victory in Division 2NW and means their overall 13 points this season have all come from home matches.
Both sides faced the elements of storm Arwen that saw 40mph winds coupled with sideways rain and snow.
Looking to bounce back from last week’s 6-4 away loss at Cambridge University 3rds, Long Sutton opened the scoring in the first five minutes through Josh Baker’s fine solo goal.
The majority of the game continued in the same vein as efforts from Luke Proctor, Dan Batten and Baker would continue to test the Neots keeper.
Batten would soon add the second with good work building up to this from Luke Jackson, Dom Ibrahim and Josh Fyson.
This was quickly followed up by Fyson’s short corner goal to make the lead 3-0.
Sutton could have added more before half time but were unable to capitalise following good work from the St Neots keeper.
Fyson added his second and Long Sutton’s fourth early in the second half after neatly picking up the loose ball and flicking it into the net.
It would be about this time that Sutton’s pressure would cease and Neots would begin to create some chances.
The defence of Simon Clarke, Dan Oldfield and Sam Gray held firm as Neots’ attack seemed to fizzle as soon as they entered Sutton’s 23.
They would eventually capitalise from one of their three short corners won to work in past the keeper and the helpless Fyson on the post.
But this would go on to spur Sutton into a high press to punish the defence into making mistakes which they did.
A nice tackle and drive across the baseline from Olly Taylor led to an easy tap in for Baker’s second of the afternoon.
It was swiftly followed by a tap-in for Proctor after good work from Frazer Watt and Baker to set up the chance.
Sutton kept driving and chances came and went but the 6-1 scoreline would not change for the hosts who will now look to take their successes into this weekend as they face Peterborough away on Saturday.
Long Sutton 2nds ran out 5-0 derby winners against Wisbech 3rds to stay top of the East League Division 4NW table.
They were missing four regular players so called up Harry Synott, Tom Burton, Gary Hales and Josh Norey to help out and as always they did not disappoint.
Wisbech came with a squad of 15 and, although Sutton were on top from the start, resolute defending from the visitors kept them at bay.
Sutton made chances but a combination of goalkeeper, woodwork, good defending and rusty finishing kept the game scoreless until just past midway through the half.
Following good work from Tyler Hagan, he pushed the ball through for Alex Canham to score.
This allowed Sutton to be a little more comfortable on the ball and the second goal followed from a short corner when Ed White picked up a Stefan Fox pass and finished well.
White then returned the favour to set up Fox for a smart turn and finish to make it 3-0 at half-time.
The weather continued to get worse but Sutton were still focused on the job in hand and looked to increase their margin.
Ben Hales and Josh Norey worked hard for the side while the only hiccup was when Adam Taylor fell into a tackle and had some time off the pitch.
Tom Baguley then smashed home the fourth goal with a fierce shot as Sutton continued to work hard to try and increase the margin with a lot of unselfish work from Hagan, Tom Burton and Harry Synott.
It was no surprise when man of the match White mastered the technical challenge of the wind and struck a show-stopper of a shot towards goal which was well palmed out by the Wisbech keeper however Canham was on hand to volley home the rebound.
That capped a good performance on a miserable day weather-wise and leaves Sutton in good heart for this weekend's trip to Cambridge.
The men's third team played out an exciting 3-3 draw against Bourne Deeping 5ths with Eddie Hales and Alex Wilkinson scoring their first goals of the season alongside player of the match Jack Smith.
The ladies first team produced a valiant display despite having only eight players for their match at Bourne Deeping who ran out 7-0 winners.
The ladies second team went down to a narrow 1-0 defeat against Cambridge South 5ths.