ST IVES 1st 2 LONG SUTTON 1st 4: GALVANISED Sutton stormed to their first East League Premier B win of the season.
They deservedly opened the scoring through the impressive Josh Fyson, but lost Featherstone to injury and fell 2-1 down.
This didn’t dent Sutton’s confidence though, and it was no surprise when Gary Hales equalised after great work by Ellis and Taylor.
Andy Shore then directed Danny Sisson’s shot home for a 3-2 half-time lead.
After the break Fyson added his second of the game with a thunderbolt from a short corner to put Sutton 4-2 up and wrap up the points.
WISBECH 3rd 1
SPALDING 1st 6
SPALDING continued their sizzling start to the 3NW league season with a fifth win from six games.
In a fairly even first half, it was Hills-sponsored Spalding who were more clinical in front of goal, with Richard Price making some outstanding saves at the other end.
Russell Watts scored the first two goals from well-worked short corners, while Sam Howitt calmly slotted the third and Martin Perkins gave Spalding a 4-0 half time lead from another short.
The second half continued in the same manner, with Ross Gavaghan slotting in the fifth before Wisbech pulled a goal back with a volley.
Glenn Perkins completed the scoring with a reverse stick shot from the top of the D.
LONG SUTTON 2nd 9
ALFORD 1st 0
BEN Shore smashed a double hat-trick as Sutton delivered a stunning team display.
Bailey, Fox and Lovegrove made up the rest of the scorers as excellent teamwork, committed play and clinical finishing saw Sutton get the result their recent form has warranted.
l ANDY Clarke scored four as Sutton’s third team beat the fourth side 5-2 in a friendly game. Shane Thompson got the other goal, with Andrew Blom and Matt King the fourth team scorers.
LOUTH 1st 1
SPALDING 3rd 1
A DRAW with the league leaders is never to be sniffed at – but Spalding could have pinched all three points.
Louth, a tough and physical team, moved the ball around well but Spalding drew first blood mid-way through the first half when Tim Maltby found the backboard from close range.
The second half was end to end with both sides missing chances, but Louth levelled the scores from a short corner.
Spalding then missed a clear cut chance in the last few minutes.
SPALDING 4th 4
SPALDING 5th 1
DARREN Wilson’s hat-trick helped settle this all-Spalding affair.
The club derby began with a flurry of short corners for the fourth team, but several shots from Ryan Mountney and Darren Grooby were saved by Max Pearce, who was on fine form.
But with 20 minutes on the clock Wilson broke the deadlock with a fine strike to give the fourth team a half-time lead.
The fifth team came out all guns blazing after the break though, as Stevie Rodgers celebrated his return by drilling an equaliser into the bottom corner.
Only top keeping from Rob Callaby denied the fifths the lead, before Wilson edged his side back ahead.
That sparked the fourth team into life and Dom Uglow made it 3-1 from close range, before a late Wilson effort completed his treble.
LONG SUTTON LADIES’ 1st 5
CAMBRIDGE CITY LADIES’ 3rd 0
DEPLETED Sutton delivered a five-star performance.
Already missing a few key players, Sutton then lost Sally Cade to injury early on. But Hannah Greenacre, making her first-team debut, shone as her replacement and was named player of the match.
It was 3-0 at the break, with Melissa Ludlam deflecting the opener into the top of the net and Charlene Leuty knocking in the second.
Robyn Gribble then turned home number three from close range after Mel Ludlam’s effort from a short corner. After the break Sutton bombarded Cambridge and were rewarded with a double from Ludlam.
COP 4th 3
SPALDING POACHERS 3rd
POACHERS played some cracking hockey in this derby, but they were soundly beaten by their city rivals.
Peterborough gained the upper hand early on with a well-struck goal, but Spalding regrouped well with player of the match Tamika Providence leading the charge.
Sam Maltby was sin-binned before the break for a collection of untimely tackles, but it wasn’t until the second period that COP added two more decisive goals.
LONG SUTTON LADIES’ 2nd 0
LINCOLN ROSES 2nd 2
TWO breakaway goals cost Sutton dear as Roses took the spoils.
Sutton’s midfield worked hard, but Emma Howells’ crosses were wasted by the forward line. They also missed a penalty flick.
Roses defended well, but Sutton were disappointed with their loss.
Player of the match was awarded to Helen Worth.