Baker at the double for tightly-fought draw for Sutton
Long Sutton 1st 2,
Cambridge South 2
Long Sutton started the better of the two teams with a strong press from the front from Josh Baker and Luke Jackson, supported by Josh Fyson at the top of the diamond, and with the two men out wide in Harry Synnott and Brad Sargeant.
The Green defence of Matt Holmes, Dan Oldfield, Edmund White and Josh Ripley also held firm to begin with.
Sutton struck first with a through ball to Baker from Fyson, who slid the ball to his right and with a backhand shot, put the ball into the top corner.
Sutton didn’t stop there as a ball through from Jimmy Harrison was perfect for Baker to pounce onto to score with a backhand shot into the bottom right corner to double the lead.
However, Cambridge got one back right on half-time.
Cambridge came out the better of the two sides after the break, as they got another following a penalty corner, and that’s how the scores would stay.
Long Sutton will welcome Louth this weekend as they bid to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.
Spalding 1st 7,
Waltham Forest 0
Spalding continued their excellent form with a second consecutive win thanks to a hat-trick from Jacob Baker, and goals from Stuart Cunnington, Joe Higgins, Glenn Richardson and Tom Amess.
They travel to Ipswich-East Suffolk this Saturday.
Long Sutton 2nd 3,
St Ives 2nd 1
After starting the season with three losses, Sutton could have let heads drop, but with the return of Will Taylor and Thomas Burton, their squad was boosted again.
An excellently worked goal from St Ives put the visitors 1-0 up at half-time.
Sutton came out in the second half looking to cut back the deficit, and it was the returning Taylor who finished well from a short corner to provide the equaliser.It was quickly 2-1 and it was Taylor again.
Dominic Ibrahim got the third and made it 3-1 and gave Sutton their first points of the season. They play St Ives 1st this Saturday.
Spalding 2nd 3,
March Town 3
Spalding continued their unbeaten start to the season, but despite leading three times during the match couldn’t pick up the win.
A hat-trick from Robin Eadlington wasn’t enough for Spalding and they will want to put this right when they welcome St Ives this weekend.
Spalding 3rd 1,
March Town 2
Spalding couldn’t maintain their unbeaten start to the season as they lost their first game.
A sole goal for Michael Morris wasn’t enough. They entertain Bourne Deeping at Glen Park on Saturday. Man of the match was Jacob Drew (below).
Spalding 4th 3
Long Sutton 3rd 3
Having met in a pre-season friendly, this was set to be a different test for both sides.
Long Sutton began with Jeremy Smith, Ed Munson, Jack Smith, Luke Proctor and Gary Hales forming the spine of the team, and the younger players picking up the slack down the wings and up front.
Alfie Braggington, Smith, Munson, Ben Hales, Jake Simpson and Josh Smith played a key role in the Sutton defence as they were overrun many times as Spalding attacked in numbers.
Spalding did take the lead, but Sutton bounced right back as Hales struck a sweetly timed shot from a short corner, and levelled the match at 1-1.
Hales’ presence at the top of the pitch meant Spalding had to have two men back marking him at all times, and this gave Sutton the advantage as they went 2-1 in front, as Troy Croxford was unmarked at the back post after Hales played the ball to him.
Spalding got one back after half-time, and the game remained in the balance.
Sutton then took the lead as Proctor got on the end of a Hales pass and finished emphatically, to put Sutton 3-2 in the lead.
Just eight minutes from time, with Sutton backs against the wall, Spalding then equalised.
Sutton look to continue this form as they welcome Leadenham on Saturday, and Spalding look to finally get a win on the board as they travel to City of Peterborough.
Spalding 5th 2,
Bourne Deeping 0
A goal in each half saw Spalding keep up their good start to the season with a hard fought win against Bourne Deeping.
Spalding took the lead with their first attack of the half when Paul Smith swept the ball home from ten yards following Ollie Dring’s excellent run on the right.
Spalding were resolute in defence in the second half and Dring scored the second with a good finish and secured the points.
They now don’t have a game for a couple of weeks.
Bourne Deeping 7,
Long Sutton Ladies 2nd 1
Long Sutton Ladies were in a buoyant mood as they welcomed back captain Emily Braighton ahead of what was set to be a tough fixture against a very well drilled Bourne Deeping side.
It was a nervy start from Sutton as they went 1-0 down in the first five minutes, and this set the tone for the rest of the game as they found themselves 3-0 down.
However, it was the tireless work of Lucy Smith and Julie Skate hounding attackers that led to the loose ball being fired through the middle for Lottie Dack, who played it to Wendy Canham to make it 3-1 before half-time.
Georgina Synott, Esme Whitelam and Sarah Skate kept working back and forth to defend and attack, but Bourne Deeping added four more goals to the scoreline to make it 7-1.
Sutton will look to overturn this poor result when they welcome Spilsby this weekend and hopefully get back on track.
Cambridge City 5,
Spalding Ladies 2nd 0
Spalding Ladies suffered a disappointing loss to Cambridge.
They will be looking to make this right and pick up their second win of the season as they welcome Horncastle to Glen Park on Saturday.
Spalding Ladies 3rd 0,
City of Peterborough 2
Spalding were quickly put into defensive mode and had to work hard.
Peterborough were awarded a few short corners, which were successfully defended and cleared out by the dynamic duo of Sharon Amess and captain Charlotte Morris. However, just before half time, one slipped past, ensuring they took the lead going into half time.
After the break, Spaldinghad several more opportunities thanks to the skills of Georgia Smith and Sam Foston.
The midfield worked hard and player of the match Alison Willson (below) ensured she attacked repeatedly.
Peterborough executed another well drilled short corner that hit the backboard, sealing the win.