HOCKEY:Deadly dozen as Long Sutton run riot

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Long Sutton 2nd took their goal tally for the season to 50 in just 11 games with a 12-2 Division 4NW walloping of March 3rd on Saturday.

Red-hot Nick Bailey led the charge with an impressive seven-goal haul, taking his own personal record to 25 in just nine games.

Sutton, who are firmly in the hunt for the title and promotion, showed no mercy against the division’s bottom side.

They led 5-0 at the break, with man-of-the-match Bailey bagging four and Stefan Fox also getting his name on the scoresheet. Jeremy Watt (2) and Luke Lovegrove got in in the act after the interval, before a remarkable own goal made it 9-0.

March did pull two goals back, but Bailey added three more goals – inluding a stunning reverse stick deflection into the top corner – to round off the scoring.

The win leaves them one point shy of leaders Bourne/Deeping 2nd.

Sutton 2nd skipper Matt Holmes said: “It was a top performance and a nice way to finish before Christmas. With only half a job done, the team needs to remain focused and step the pace up in the second half of the season to achieve our goal of promotion.”

In the same division, Spalding 2nd lost further ground on the leaders after going down 2-1 against third-placed St Ives 2nd. Spalding bossed the first period, but found themselves 1-0 down at half time. That lead was doubled early in the second period and, despite a goal from Graham Doades, the Saints held on for the points.

Meanwhile, Long Sutton 1st were held to a 3-3 draw at City Of Peterborough in Premier B.

Visitors Sutton started much the brighter and went ahead through Danny Sisson, before a sweetly-struck thunderbolt from Josh Fyson and a Gary Hales strike put them 3-0 up at the beak.

Sutton had their chances to wrap the win up – and were made to pay by the hosts, who pulled two back before snatching a draw with a late own goal.

Youthful Long Sutton 4th side were also in action, going down 3-1 at home to Horncastle 2nd. Their only goal in the Division 6NW (N) tie came from James Baker.

• Three Spalding Poachers 3rd players netted hat-tricks as they roared to a crushing 13-0 victory at Newmarket Ladies’ 3rd on Saturday.

Making their furtherst away trip in Cambs Ladies’ League Division Two, Poachers showed no signs of travel sickness as they jumped up to fourth position in the table.

Using a new-look 4-4-2 system, Spalding produced some of their best hockey of the season so far. Coral Wild (4), Alex Allwright (4) and Rachel Perkins (3) fired the lion’s share of the goals, with player-of-the-match Kelly Varley and Amber Wild also chipping in.

Poachers’ were largely untested with Sam Maltby and Kirsty Goodale defending high, leaving the defence in the capable hands of Madeline Oldfield and Ysabel Ward.

Elsewhere, Long Sutton Ladies’ 2nd suffered a disappointing 4-1 loss to Spilsby 1st in Lincolnshire Ladies’ Green League.

Sutton failed to pick up whwhere they left off last week, as they struggled to capitalise on their end-to-end runs.They managed only the one short corner goal from Lisa Baker, which came in the first half. That strike helped Baker secure the player-of-the-match award.

All other Spalding and Sutton games were postponed.