HOCKEY: Robyn’s hat-trick to start season

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Long Sutton Ladies 1st 3 Cambridge City Ladies 3rd 0: Sutton started their season strongly, taking control from the start and passing the ball around with ease.

During the first half Robyn Gribble scored a hat-trick.

The first came from a ball through from the halfway line from Melissa Ludlam. The second was a through ball from Bryony Normanton, which Gribble scored from after rounding three players.

The hat-trick strike came after a solo run from the halfway line.

In the second half Sutton tired but were still well on top, though they failed to capitalise.

Any shots Cambridge had on goal were pounced on by goalkeeper Lorraine Wallis.

Player of the match: Robyn Gribble

Long Sutton Ladies 2nd 0

Woodhall Spa Ladies 1st 1

In the second match of the new season, Sutton struggled to score after conceding an early goal.

Despite numerous attempts from forwards Katie Ireland, Emma Howell, Rhian Goodge and Becky Kierman, Sutton remained goalless.

Some excellent goalkeeping kept Sutton at bay.

Even with strong defending from captain Sam Carr, who kept the game moving with decisive passes, Woodhall Spa left victorious.

Player of the match: Helen Worth

Norwich 1st 1 Long Sutton 1st 0

Long Sutton lost at Premier A side Norwich in their final pre-season friendly.

With a slightly depleted team, Sutton welcomed Michael Donaghy, Ben Shore and debutant Connor Allen into the team – and all did themselves proud.

Sutton got off to a good start, playing the ball around with confidence and precision. Norwich came into the game and showed why they were promoted from Sutton’s league last time around. Sutton defended extremely well as a team, led by the in-form Jamie Featherstone.

With Ellis and Taylor working tirelessly in midfield spraying the ball around, it was end to end stuff but Norwich looked the team more likely to score.

They broke the deadlock halfway through the second half with a deflected goal but this performance will stand Sutton in good stead for the season, which starts on Saturday.

Man of the match: Tom Baguley

Long Sutton 2nd 4

March Town 2nd 2

A CHANGED squad due to injuries gave some Sutton 3rd and 4th team regulars an opportunity to step up to the plate in the 2nd’s final pre-season friendly. They did so successfully.

March scored two good first-half goals but Sutton’s two goals from Fred Whatling, another from a well-positioned Adam Wiles and an excellent reverse stick strike from Jason Mallet saw Sutton to victory.

James Cliff’s performance between the posts kept March’s goals at just two.

There were also excellent displays from 3rd team regulars Matt Grange and Shane Thompson outfield.

Long Sutton 4th 0 March Town 4th 7

SUTTON’S first match of the season was a heavy defeat in a friendly.

Sutton, who had new players Joss Calderbank and Sam Grey, got off to a slow start.

The team started to fight back in the second half against a team from two leagues higher than them.

Josh Thody made a few big saves in goal, earning him player of the match.