HOCKEY: Derby delight for Long Sutton

Another save from Lorraine Wallis
Another save from Lorraine Wallis
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Long Sutton ladies first team came from a goal down to celebrate another league win.

After a lethargic start, they eventually found form to dominate the last 10 minutes of the first half and much of the second period to come through as worthy winners against a much strengthened Wisbech Town 2nd side.

Action from Long Sutton against Wisbech 2nd. Photos by Tim Wilson

Action from Long Sutton against Wisbech 2nd. Photos by Tim Wilson

Keeper Lorraine Wallis made an early save and at the other end Sutton forced their first chance as Lyn Tancred won a short corner.

Wisbech hit the left-hand post but the well-positioned umpire declared the ball had narrowly crossed the line.

In response captain Leanne Woodhead went close with a solid goalbound strike being blocked by a defender.

In search of a first-half equaliser, Sutton swarmed forward and Connie Gittins found good space to seek out Woodhead who fired narrowly wide off the reverse stick.

As Sutton continued to press, Wisbech dug in to protect their lead.

The home team started the second half as they finished the first period.

Woodhead had two more good strikes on goal and they won short corners as the pressure mounted.

Woodhead and Tancred both scored from short corners for a well-deserved lead.

Wallis made two fine saves but Sutton closed the game out.

Wallis said: “This was a brilliant derby fixture and we can be proud of the win, in particular the second-half performance.”

Woodhead added: “It was a great performance from everybody and this is a a brilliant result to take into the festive break.”

Meanwhile, the men’s first team suffered a 2-0 defeat at Wapping in the last game before the Christmas break.

The Green Army lost Tom Baguley with an eye injury and, while he was being treated on the side of the pitch, Jamie Featherstone pulled up with a muscle problem.

With two men down, Wapping took control and scored from a short corner.

Wapping doubled their lead before half-time then Daniel Batten sustained a muscle injury which gave a first-team debut for John Goodley.

Defensive work kept Wapping away from the Sutton goal and tireless running down the right wing from man of the match Harry Synnott created chances which were not taken.