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Sting Stay at Top!

14 JAN | BY GARY APSLEY

Sutton U18D2 team made the short trip to the West Midlands today to face a Solihull Barons team for the 2nd and final time of this season at their arena.

Missing three regular players the Sting drafted-in U15’s Jacob Truswell and Callum Russell along with 18D3 forward, Joe Booth.

With Sutton’s three lines being re-arranged it took a few minutes for the new combinations to settle-in and the Sting’s usual high-tempo approach to the game was soon in play with pressure being mounted on the Baron’s goal.

With a little over 5 minutes played and the Sting netted their first even-handed goal of the afternoon through Bailey Templar moving on to Line 1 for the first time this season and pushing Jake Apsley on to right-wing.

The Sting had plenty of pressure on Solihull’s keeper, Trueman, but he was in fine form, making some big saves to keep the Sting attack at bay. At the end of the first period the Baron’s trailed 0-1.

At the start of the second period Sutton tried hard to break through the Solihull rear-guard but Trueman stood strong but after 22 minutes eventually gave-up the Sting’s second goal for James Shaw.

The Baron’s swapped net-minders and this proved to be their undoing as the Sting’s forwards ran riot scoring six goals in 5 minutes and 5 seconds, ending the period with eight unanswered goals, three of which were scored by Cameron Glasby.

When the third period got underway the Barons tried to mount a physical assault on Sutton but their ill-discipline took it’s toll as the West Midlander’s struggled to compete with the Sting’s superior level of play. Some great passing and resolute defending by the Sting gave the baron’s no real sight of Sutton’s net and although seldom under real pressure, both Sting goalies never looked troubled.

As the Sting forwards mounted wave after wave of attack and a relentless fore-check when the Baron’s took control of the puck, the Sting ground-down Solihull’s resolve which eventually saw Baron’s second netminder pull himself from the game having conceded 9 goals for 16 shots. At that point the contest was long over with Sutton leading by twelve unanswered goals.

A further three goals from the Sting brough the game to a close but not before the Baron’s had taken one too many swipes at the Sting forwards only to see Glasby retaliate earning a 10 minute misconduct and ending his part in the game.

At the final buzzer Sutton Sting had secured the two points with a dominating 15 goal to nil victory. After the game one or two of the Baron’s players were unable to contain their frustration which boiled-over only to be quickly brought under control by some embarrassed Club Officials.

The Man of the Match for Sutton was Brady Doxey for a selfless performance and a great demonstration of possession hockey. His award being tarnished by mindless fools amongst the Baron’s support who felt compelled to show discontent by boo-ing the announcment. Poor taste, poorer sportsmanship and not the sort of behaviour that Solihull Barons would like to be associated with for sure.