AFTER a 10-0 victory over Sudbury last week Louth players were nervous but quietly confident about travelling away to top of the league Long Sutton having not lost to them in the last three meetings.
From the first whistle Long Sutton piled the pressure on Louth’s defence forcing the back four of Clare Chamberlin, Kelly Tomlinson, Veronica Chamberlin and Amie Wright to stand strong with the support of the goalkeeper Sally Owen who stopped Sutton gaining an early lead with a fine stick save.
Long Sutton continued to pile on the pressure and with umpiring decisions going their way managed to convert a short corner 1-0 Sutton.
Louth’s heads did not drop and with the support of the defence the midfield of Cath Hewerdine, Sarah Charnley, Sophie Trotter and Sue Leggate worked hard to feed the ball to the forwards to pressurise Long Sutton’s defence.
This spell of possession paid off for Louth and from simple passing down the left hand side from Amie Wright and Sophie Trotter Sutton were pinned back in their own ‘D’, great interplay from Maggie Bilcliffe and Chris Giles earn’t Louth their first short corner.
Louth discussed their attack at the top of the ‘D’ and with short corners working well this season Cath Hewerdine coolly flicked the ball into the top corner much to the surprise of Long Sutton. Half time score 1-1.
After an inspirational team talk and positive comments all round Louth set off fighting for victory with Hinge and Bracket managing to keep a lid on things. The second half hockey was much more end to end and it was clear to all how much both teams wanted victory.
Louth moved back and forwards as a unit with great counter attacking down both channels from Maggie Bilcliffe and Rosie Bunney and fantastic hassling and pressure from Chris Giles who caused Long Sutton’s defence many problems.
With Sutton on the up Louth worked hard but a short corner strike that took a nasty bobble left Louth unsettled and gave Long Sutton the lead 2-1. With true spirit Louth composed themselves and worked hard to push the attack into Long Sutton’s half earning a short corner which was delicately tipped in at the red zone by Rosie Bunney only to be disallowed.
Again Louth fought and with fantastic team play caught Long Sutton off guard and Sarah Charnley managed to turn the ball home on the left post 2-2.
This was not the final drama of the game Louth were forced down to 10 players when ‘Carnivore’ Cath Hewerdine was sent off and still managed to keep a grip on the game. A fantastic effort all round.
Team: Amie Wright (Cpt), Clare Chamberlin, Veronica Chamberlin, Sally Owen, Kelly Tomlinson, Sue leggate, Cath Hewerdine, Sarah Charnley, Sophie Trotter, Maggie Bilcliffe, Chris Giles, Rosie Bunney.
Home and away player of the match: Amie Wright.