HOCKEY: Ninjas slice Nerds to pieces in final

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Just seven weeks after losing their opening game, The Ninjas beat The Nerds 5-1 to be crowned champions of the Long Sutton Summer League.

The Ninjas controlled the all-Sutton clash from the start, with Danny Sisson, Jimmy Harrison, Leanne Woodhead and Tom Baguley putting in another set of excellent performances.

It wasn’t all one-way traffic though, with Nerds battling well throughout. Tania White once again shone, as did Jamie Featherstone, while captain Nick Ellis worked manfully to close down the attacking threat of the Ninjas.

However, once the tournament’s leading scorer Danny Sisson brutally finished from the edge of the D, it was always going to be the Ninjas’ night.

It was soon 3-0, as Alex Canham flicked the ball over keeper Albert Slator and Sisson added another before half time.

The second half continued in the same vein, with Josh Fyson coming into his own and having his best half of the tournament – claiming two goals in the process.

It could have been more as Robyn Gribble, Jeorgia Carr and Rhian Goodge were unlucky not to notch, before Tania White reduced arrears with a well-taken flick.

The final wasn’t the only game played on finals night last Friday, with the six other teams in action too.

Wisbech 2nd won the third/fourth place play-off on flicks after a tight game with Sutton Sabres, which ended in a 1-1 draw after normal time.

Sabres took the lead through the top scoring lady in the tournament – Becky Kierman – before Wisbech levelled on the stroke of half time.

That’s how it stayed up until the final whistle, with Wisbech a little too clinical in the penalty flicks as they prevailed 3-1.

In the fifth/sixth showdown, Pete’s Presidential Picks defied the odds again as they defeated Spalding 2nd 2-1.

Spalding started much the better and would have taken the lead but for excellent defending from keeper Lorraine Wallis and the Pressies’ man-of-the-league Jason Mallett.

The tide eventually turned and Adam Wiles fired the Sutton side ahead before half time.

Canham then added a second with a deft chip, before a late Spalding strike set-up a grandstand finish.

The first match of the night was to determine seventh and eighth place, with Spalding 1st meeting Wisbech 1st.

Mike Morris (2) and Pete Wright (2) were both on fine form to fire Spalding to a cracking 4-1 victory.