Hockey round-up: Long Sutton Ladies get off to fantastic start but disappointment for March Town sides

Long Sutton Ladies.

Long Sutton Ladies. - Credit: Archant

Long Sutton ladies kicked off their East Women’s Division 2NW campaign in style with an outstanding 5-2 win over Bourne Deeping.

Leanne Woodhead provided the pass for Becky Kierman to fire home before Robyn Gribble made it two.

Lisa Baker added a third with a great strike to give Sutton a three goal lead at the break.

Sutton came flying out of the blocks in the second half and soon found themselves 5-0 up - Gribble grabbed her second of the game from a short corner then Woodhead neatly slotted home. Bourne Deeping grabbed a couple of consolation goals late on.

Long Sutton opened their Premier B account on Saturday with a hard earned 1-1 draw against Waltham Forest.

Waltham deservedly took the lead in the first half before, in the dying minutes, league debutant Adam Wiles glided into the D and as the challenge came in the ball spurned away to captain Jimmy Harrison to slot home.

Ely City struck late to deny March Town a share of the points in a thrilling East Men’s League 2N encounter.

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March took the lead through a Jody Betts strike. An individual error from a March defender allowed Ely back into the game but March regained the lead as James Fisher found Betts with a superb pass.

Betts then took it past one defender before rounding the goalkeeper to slot the ball home.

With 20 minutes remaining, March switched off and allowed an Ely player to run across the ‘D’ to convert the ball in at the far post.

With the game looking like it was going to finish as a draw, Ely countered and forced a foul from a March defender which resulted in a penalty flick. The Ely player converted the flick and earned them a 3-2 win.

Promoted March Town Ladies discovered the size of the task that awaits them in East Women’s League 5NW this season, losing 6-0 to Cambridge City III.

The visitors scored four goals in the first half. March rallied after the break but Cambridge put away a couple of short corners.