Long Sutton Ladies victorious in South Holland derby against Spalding
Long Sutton Ladies 2, Spalding Ladies 1
Long Sutton took the bragging rights with this fiercely contested victory over their local rivals.
Spalding, who had the better of the first half, came out of the blocks quickly and pinned Sutton back, Lorraine Wallis making some good saves.
Player of the match for Sutton was Jess Burton, who was magnificent in the timing of her tackles and also in driving forward to take the game further up the pitch.
Spalding keeper Donna Chester-O’Neill was drawn into one spectacular save from a fierce drive from Hannah Baker as the first half ended 0-0.
The second half followed in a similar pattern, both keepers keeping out any efforts that were created.
But, mid-way through the half, a quick ball out by Tania White saw Connie Gittins go on a lung bursting run the length of the pitch, before slipping the ball to Jemima Dodd on the P spot and she gave Chester-O’Neill no chance to open the scoring.
Spalding continued to press but were being harried all across the pitch, Parr in front of the back four continually breaking down their attacks.
Sutton were not done with their own attacking though and won a short corner which was drilled out by Parr to Hannah Baker, who struck a fierce shot, saved again by the Spalding keeper. However, the ball fell back to Baker who lifted the ball calmly over the keeper to make it 2-0.
Spalding fought hard to try to get something out of the game and Caly Priestley finally found a chink in Wallis’ armour when she put home the ball on the far post.
But it was too little too late and time ran out for the visitors who went home disappointed and drop down to fourth in the league.