HOCKEY: Leuty’s lovely goal earns away win for Long Sutton

Ben Shore is congratulated after one of his three goals
Ben Shore is congratulated after one of his three goals
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Charlene Leuty got the only goal to earn victory for Long Sutton ladies first team at league leaders St Neots on Saturday.

Having slipped into mid-table last week without a fixture, they needed to win.

The game was fast and skillful and it took a finish of the highest quality by Leuty seven minutes from full-time to settle it.

Sutton started well but St Neots earned a short corner which was fired narrowly wide.

Keeper Lorraine Wallis had to be smart with her right boot to clear a fierce strike.

Leanne Woodhead was denied at the other end by a full-stretch save and Wallis was quickly called into action again.

Sutton came close again through Woodhead with a couple of chances.

They started the second half well but the end-to-end exchanges were beginning to show more positively for St Neots.

Woodhead was denied by a good block from the home keeper.

Both sides looked like they could produce a piece of magic move to break the deadlock and it was Sutton who managed it.

Leuty created something extra special, running hard at the heart of the defence with speed and strength to reach the edge of the D. When just inside, she fired a well-placed shot which hammered the backboard just inside the keeper’s right-hand post.

Sutton kept pressing hard rather than sitting back to defend the lead and ensured three well-earned points.

Meanwhile, the men’s first team won 7-2 against Cambridge City 3rd.

Ben Shore’s hat-trick was supported by Joshua Fyson (2), Gary Hales and Jimmy Harrison.