HOCKEY: Green for go and Long Sutton look solid

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Long Sutton men’s first team picked up another win with a rugged performance to beat old foes Harleston Magpies 2nd.

Both teams started at a similar pace, probing and testing each other to find any weaknesses.

Dan Batten was his usual busy self, using his pace to good use up and down the right wing.

Sutton broke the deadlock as Will Cook drove into the D and smashed the ball home to put the ‘Green Army’ ahead.

They couldn’t quite find their rhythm but sound defensive work from Ashley Taylor, Tom Baguley and Stefan Fox kept the Magpies at bay.

However, they were offered a lifeline as a flick was surprising awarded which they converted to level things up.

Sutton started to gel and a fine passing move involving Jimmy Harrison, Ben Shore and Cook allowed Gary Hales to tap into an open goal.

Sutton came out stronger and more organised in the second half .

It proved successful as they created more chances while limiting the Magpies to minimal attempts on goal.

Shore continued his rich vein of form by extending the lead with another lovely finish and finally Fyson got a much deserved chance, after a solid performance, from the flick spot to put Sutton 4-1 up.

He slammed it home and Sutton saw the game out for three points.

This was a solid performance with more to come from the boys in green.

Josh Baker scored for the second team in their 13-1 defeat to Horncastle.

The fourth team shared 10 goals with Louth 2nd.

Jack Smith opened the scoring with Chris Worth and Ian White also on target but Sutton trailed 4-3 at half-time.

Will Taylor’s goal and White’s second short corner strike put the visitors ahead until Louth’s late response restored parity.

Josh Ripley once again looked composed and James Collingwood-Smith made a promising debut, although Long Sutton’s man-of-the-match performance came from Jacob Synnott in his first senior appearance.