4s take a point from clash with league leaders
By Ian Harding
Solid defensive effort provides a point on the road
Sutton 4th XI traveled to Bridgnorth for a midday fixture in surprisingly mild January conditions. When considering the fixture card at the start of the season an away trip in January to the Welsh borders had Sunday rearrangement written all over it! However the British weather is anything but predictable and at 10 1/2° we could’ve been wearing shorts not just to play hockey.
Bridgnorth were a tough nut and whilst Sutton did not have the equipment to break this nut, neither did the opposition although they have a number of chances during the fixture to win the game. It would be fair to say that the first 30 minutes of the match belong to the home team with Sutton only showing what they could do in the last five. Bridgnorth was skilful and well organised, and having played a game the week before in a friendly, they were clearly more match ready.
Sutton hung in there and gradually as the game progressed in the second half they were opportunities on both sides but neither managed to score. Freddie Coleman
, assisted by the Cliff Marshall
managed the defence kept Bridgnorth out, with the keeper making some decent saves. Sutton didn’t actually test the opposition keeper but their increasing possession and approach play kept Bridgnorth in check. David Moss
and Jim Pugh had significant contributions to make and the U18s showed great promise again against older opposition.