Long Sutton Hockey Club’s Men’s Second team produced a dominant performance at Wisbech on Saturday to record their second win of the season.
Up agains the hosts’ Second team, Sutton never looked back after taking an early lead.
The game opened slowly, with both teams looking to take control of the game.
But it was the visitors who were to open the scoring.
A through ball found Gary Hales, who dummied the keeper before coolly slotting home.
With Sutton working hard all over the pitch and passing the ball more quickly than in recent weeks, Will White enjoyed his most productive game of the season in midfield.
They extended their lead when Hales ran into the right of the circle and, unchallenged, slotted the ball past the keeper.
Sutton retained their two-goal advantage until half time, with keeper Matt Braginton called upon to make a couple of decent saves.
After the break, Wisbech came out eager to get a foothold in the game and, when Sutton failed to clear off the keeper’s pads early in the second half, a home forward took full advantage to slot home.
The goals merely galvanised Sutton, who then enjoyed probably their best 20 minutes of the season.
Josh Baker produced a wonderful pass for Hales, who took it in his stride, rounding the keeper to net his third goal to complete a fine hat-trick.
Sutton then made it 4-1 following a move involving six players, with Baker cracking the ball home for a well deserved goal.
The fifth and final goal came from Luke Jackson, who wrong footed the keeper to slot home and wrap up a comfortable 5-1 victory.
Will White was man of the match after an excellent all round game.
Long Sutton Hockey Club entered two teams in a junior tournament hosted by Bourne/Deeping Hockey Club.
With the first tournament of the season a complete washout, this was the first opportunity for the Sutton under-12s to get to know one another.
The A team started brightly against Bourne Deeping Dragons, but the home side went on to win 2-0.
But the A team’s second game was a very even affair as they fought out a 0-0 draw with Bourne/Deeping Hydras.
The side showed more confidencce in their third outing against Lindum.
Josh was a constant threat.
Goals from Lily and George saw Sutton A take their first win, 2-1.
The final game of the day produced an end-to-end affair against Spalding Lions.
Sutton scored first through a fantastic strike from Alfie, but early in the second half Spalding Lions fought back and equalised.
Sutton again took the lead, with George finding the target, but Spalding equalised in the dying seconds of the game to force a 2-2 draw.
Results: Long Sutton A 1 BDHC Dragons 2; Long Sutton 0 BDHC Hydras 0; Long Sutton 2 Lindum 1; Long Sutton 2 Spalding Lions 2
The B team played five games on the day, winning one and drawing one.
Their victory was against Lindum B, with Sutton B winning 3-1 thanks to goals from Emma (2) and Martha.
Sutton shared the honours with Bourne Griffins, with that game ending in a goal-less draw.
Sutton B battled well in their other three games, only to go down by a single goal on each occasion against Spalding Tigers, Spalding Panthers and Horncastle.