HOCKEY: Lyn’s last-gasp leveller earns point for Long Sutton

Long Sutton ladies second team before their 1-0 home defeat to Spalding 3rd. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG081016-147TW
Long Sutton ladies second team before their 1-0 home defeat to Spalding 3rd. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG081016-147TW
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Long Sutton ladies first team needed a last-second goal to level a cracking game at Royston on Saturday.

They took the initiative in the first two minutes through Louise Southgate.

But Royston scored two in reply with their second goal coming on the stroke of half-time.

Lyn Tancred levelled in the dying moments of the second half to earn a well-fought and richly-deserved away point for Sutton.

Twins Connie and Emmie Gittins made their debut together at first-team league level.

Long Sutton raced straight out of the blocks and went ahead as Jess Hudson broke on the right of midfield,

passing the ball neatly to Leah Goodley who crossed with pinpoint accuracy to Southgate.

Having worked into a perfect position in front of goal, she slotted home.

Sutton continued to threaten over the first 10 minutes but then Royston started to work things out, beginning to disrupt the pattern of play and breaking well from defence.

Increasingly Sutton were hanging on, Jo Bland did well to snuff out an attempt on goal and keeper Lorraine Wallis was called upon on several occasions.

The defence of Rachael Gadsden, Tania White, Gemma Parr and Lisa Baker left little to chance.

However Royston racked up the penalty corners and forced two fine blocks from Wallis before with a degree of inevitability they equalised eight minutes before half-time.

From a well-worked short corner Sarah Warren tucked away neatly, giving Wallis no chance.

Sutton stepped up again from the restart with another move between Goodley and Hudson providing a decent opportunity for Tancred to restore the advantage but the chance was snuffed out by the keeper.

Royston continued to dominate the closing period and they snatched a goal right on half-time again from a short corner netted by Warren.

Sutton had to put the disappointment aside and come out for the second half in even more determined mood.

They did, but within two minutes Royston won a short corner from which player of the match White was needed on the line to block and then very smartly move the ball away from danger.

Sutton won a short corner with Baker’s effort going close and being blocked just in front of goal.

They were looking fitter and stronger as Hudson had a good effort while Woodhead and Tancred went close.

Goodley made good space and from one piercing run across the D, she hit on the reverse stick but her well-struck effort was high of the goal.

Tancred had two great chances and runs at goal but both were dealt with by the Royston defence and keeper.

With time running out Sutton’s dominance of the second half was looking to no avail.

However, the team spirit created one last moment. Sutton won a short corner, Baker injected, Goodley received and Tancred struck firmly against a Royston

stick that forced the ball high and over the keeper and defenders into the goal.

With the restart being a formality, the spoils were shared in a dramatic finish.

The men’s first team, meanwhile, lost 6-5 at home to unbeaten Shefford & Sandy.

A neat deflection from striker Ben Shore levelled the score and they went 3-2 up through Jamie Featherstone and Fred Whatling.

Sutton increased the lead with a well-executed short corner routine adding Will Cook to the scoresheet.

Shefford kept themselves in touch by making it 4-3 but Josh Fyson restored the two-goal advantage from another short corner routine.

However, the away side kept pressing the ball high and well which produced a few mistakes from the home side which were capitalised upon.

The second team shared four goals with Spalding 3rd to pick up their first point.

Spalding denied them all three points with a last-gasp equaliser by Ryan Davy. Nick Ellis (2) had cancelled out Steve Rogers’ opener.