Baker capitalises on slip to secure win for Sutton

March Town 1st 2
Long Sutton Men 1st 3

Long Sutton moved within two points of second-placed March in Division Two North West of the East Men’s League with a thrilling win at their rivals.
The game was a tough one with strong challenges and good battles. March were the first to get on the scoresheet with a well finished slap.
Sutton were not to be put down and came back with one of the best team goals of the season. A ball played down the line by Sam Gray found Josh Baker, with the ball eventually squared to Frazer Watt at the top of the D. He set up Daniel Plant for a tidy deflected finish to make it 1-1 at the break.
Sutton scored the third goal of the game when a long ball found Baker just outside the D and he worked a well-timed finish on the backhand.
March hit back hard to snatch an equaliser but then gifted the visitors the winner when the left back played a slow ball across the back line, which was easily picked off by Baker who rounded both the defender and goalkeeper to finish calmly.
Jimmy Harrison was man of the match for his tireless work across the midfield.

Long Sutton Men 2nd 2
Cambridge Uni 3rd 1

The Seconds moved four points clear at the top of Division Three North West as they ended their visitors’ five-match winning run.
The students started strongly and it needed valiant defending from Ben Hales, Tom Baguley, Stef Fox and Jack Smith and the shot stopping ability of man of the match Alfie Bragginton to keep Sutton in the game.
The visitors eventually took the interval lead but Sutton came out firing in the second half only to suffer a blow when Hales and Smith were sent off.
Despite that handicap, Fox equalised and Alex Canham earned a short corner to set up Daniel Batten for the winner.

Long Sutton Men 3rd 3
City of Peterborough 7th 0

Player of the match James Collingwood scored twice and Andrew Shore was also on target in the third team’s Division Five North West win.

Long Sutton Ladies 1st 0
Pelicans 1st 4

Natalie Frost was player of the match as Sutton fell to a heavy defeat at home to their King’s Lynn-based A17 neighbours in Division Two North West of the East Women’s League.

Long Sutton Ladies 2nd 1
City of Peterborough 5th 0

A solid defensive performance proved to be the catalyst for Sutton Seconds to earn a narrow victory in Division Five North West.
Their second win of the campaign came courtesy of a goal from Aimee Betts but every player gave full effort.
The defence of Claire Sisson, Emma Grosvenor, George Synnott and Penny Perowne worked hard to keep Peterborough at bay, with goalkeeper Ellie Sandall dealing effectively with anything that slipped through.
Having soaked up a lot of pressure, a 16-yard hit out was taken by Sisson to Lillie Tegerdine, who had been keeping herself in space on the right. She played a fabulous through ball to Annabelle Giles, who sprinted at the City defence. The goalkeeper did well to thwart her but when the ball spilled out, Betts made no mistake.
The second half was a replica of the first with Sutton having to work even harder to maintain the lead.
Peterborough had numerous forays into the Sutton D but player of the match Sandall was resolute.

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