HOCKEY: Grantham win away with full complement of players

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East League

Division 6 NW (N)

Long Sutton 4th 2

Grantham 5

A full complement of Grantham men travelled to Long Sutton for their fourth league game of the season and came away with a well earned victory.

The first half began with Grantham in the ascendency as David Nix, Oli Phillips and Adam Phillips worked well in the centre, testing the opposition’s keeper early on. The combination of a strong centre feeding wingers Will Hill and Simon Curzon-Hepworth allowed Grantham to score their first goal through Adam Phillips.

The momentum remained with Grantham but a number of missed tackles within the midfield allowed Long Sutton to break through and claw back a cheap goal at the expense of the experienced backline of Andy Willey, Graham Johnson, Nick Jacks and Neil Hanlon.

Adam Phillips was sent to the benches for dissent but, fired up on his return, a well-worked short corner earned him his second goal of the day.

A reinvigorated Grantham began the second half with vigour and, following well-practised routines from Declan Curzon-Hepworth and Mark Pearce, they built from the backline to reward Nix with a goal, increasing the lead to 3-1.

Long Sutton were quick to respond and close the gap, however Grantham remained determined and Oli Phillips was unlucky not to score after a slip from the opposition’s back line left him one-on-one with the keeper.

Grantham produced a number of textbook passing routines, keeping the ball well out of reach of the opposition, before finding Ali Phillips once again and he completed his hat trick.

With both teams down to 10 men, the game proceeded in much the same way as the start with Grantham dominating the midfield.

Nix returned fired up from the bench to supply Oli Phillips with a superb pass on to the left wing who then placed it through Long Sutton’s defence to Paul Hollingsworth who finished with sublime accuracy.

Harrison Green man-of-the-match was Adam Phillips.

Grantham: Manguzis, Willey, Johnson (c), Jacks, Nix, J. Hill, W. Hill, O. Phillips, A. Phillips, Pearce, S. Curzon-Hepworth, D. Curzon-Hepworth, Hanlon, Hollingsworth, Sykes (umpire).