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Two Long Sutton teams top their division




Long Sutton hockey club enjoyed a good season up to lockdown with their men’s first and third teams both sitting top of their respective divisions.

However, their second team, who are in the same division as the firsts, are sitting in ninth place.

The Ladies firsts started off the season with a good run of form, but fell away after that, and currently sit in eighth place, and the Ladies seconds have struggled all season and currently remain winless in ninth place in the their division.

Long Sutton1st v Dereham 2nds hockey... (42538320)
Long Sutton1st v Dereham 2nds hockey... (42538320)

One of the positives so far the Ladies firsts is the rich goalscoring form of Connie Gittins, who has netted an impressive six goals in seven games.

The team had recorded two wins and three losses from their five games.

Captain Lorraine Wallis said: “It’s been slightly disappointing for us I’d say, results-wise that is.

Long Sutton1st v Dereham 2nds hockey... (42538326)
Long Sutton1st v Dereham 2nds hockey... (42538326)

“For me personally, it’s been very disappointing.As a goalkeeper, the main aim is to keep clean sheets, and to only keep one all season has been disappointing from a personal standpoint.

“It’s been a lack of consistency this season for us, we’ve had some good results followed up by some not so good results.

“I think the last game before lockdown, which was a 4-0 loss, was just one of those games, where the scoreline wasn’t really justified, we had some good chances but just weren’t clinical enough.

“We haven’t really found our feet so far, we need some consistency, and I’m sure the results will follow.

Long Sutton1st v Dereham 2nds hockey... (42538332)
Long Sutton1st v Dereham 2nds hockey... (42538332)

“I’d say the attitude around the club at the moment is fairly buoyant, training was good and we were getting a lot of numbers, and we were building up to something good, so it’s a shame that we’ve now stopped.

“The main thing is that we have lost the team togetherness after that last defeat.

“We’re not able to get rid of the negative feeling surrounding a loss, and we just sit on it.

Longs Sutton v St Ives hockey action. (42641008)
Longs Sutton v St Ives hockey action. (42641008)

“But we can’t complain because we were allowed to play, where others were not.”

The Ladies seconds are a development side, and are currently finding their feet in a tricky division, where they have seen one draw and three losses in their four games so far.

The quality is obviously there for them though, as they got their only point of the season, against a solid Spalding side who sit in mid-table.

Longs Sutton v St Ives hockey action. (42641010)
Longs Sutton v St Ives hockey action. (42641010)

Wallis, who has appeared in a few games for the seconds, said: “They are a development side, and to get only a draw in their first four games is a bit disappointing for them because no one likes losing.

“But, they’ve had great numbers week in, week out, and they’ve just struggled a bit and maybe need a bit more experience going forward.”

Long Sutton Men’s firsts have enjoyed a great season so far as they are currently unbeaten and sitting top of the league, level on points with Horncastle.

Their great form this season has been enhanced by the terrific form of Josh Baker who has scored a very impressive 16 goals in just five games.

However, the only time they haven’t had him this season, they still managed to get the win, which was a 5-4 victory against Louth.

Long Sutton second are in the same division as their first team and sit in ninth place, with two wins this season.

Long Sutton thirds have been brilliant this season and sit top of the table, being the only team in the league to be unbeaten so far.

Gay Hales has been the pick of the squad, as he has scored 13 goals in just six games.



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