The 4s continue with a 4-0 victory
By Ian Harding
Edgbaston 5s ship four in a tight contest
The difference on the day was the lack of man-in-pads for Edgbaston who failed to get the requisite league permission to double up goal keepers on the day and were forced to play the game with a kicking back. Sutton scored four times, with the likely reality that none of the goals scored would have gone in with a keeper between the posts. Having said that, the game would have been different and opportunities would have been different in the sliding doors...
Playing with eleven outfield, Edgbaston played a disciplined marking game and the extra player more often than not blocked the route through to allow Sutton to really put pressure on the Edgbaston D but the deadlock was eventually broken when a change of angle from a quickly taken free hit resulted in confusion and a deflection that fell to skipper Harding a couple of meters out. The skipper gleefully tapped the ball home with much relief all-round. Despite surges from midfield, notably by Mark James
, Sutton couldn't double their tally with the Edgbaston kicking back demonstrating bravery and composure.
Half time came with Edgbaston growing in confidence and they started the second half in a similar manner. Sutton weathered the storm and set about playing quick passing hockey to negate the extra outfield player. Finally the reward came with the ball breaking following a mix up and Tom Eustace ran on to a free ball to push it into the empty net. This appeared to break Edgbaston's resolve and two more goals followed for the Sutton through Richard Thomas
and a second for the Captain who was quickly fed at the top of the D following an intercept - a touch was all it needed with no net minder present.