Long Stratton 0-4 Dussindale and Hellesdon Rovers
Above: Calista Tink one Dussindale and Hellesdon Rovers’goalscorers at Long Stratton. Photo: Darrell Allen.
By Darrell Allen (8/3/22)
Bright and breezy conditions greeted both Long Stratton and Dussindale and Hellesdon for this Norfolk Women and Girls League Division One clash at Manor Road.
Both teams represent good quality step seven outfits having both impressed in the league so far.
Long Stratton were without four key players including star striker Luci Middleton which meant captain Samantha Walker had to play in a more forward position than usual.
It was the Long Stratton captain Walker that got the afternoon underway and a good start from Stratton saw a cross intercepted by Dussindale and Hellesdon keeper Tyla Cole.
Dussindale went on the attack and a good move saw Tallulah Bell spurn a chance into Jody Todd’s hands in the Long Stratton goal.
A feature of the afternoon was the long throws by Stratton’s number 11 Harriet Hunwicks-Rush. A real tool in the Long Stratton box and a threat all afternoon.
Bell then had a half-chance for Dussindale who went on the attack but it was wide. Theycontinued to press hard, Megan Vincent and Jody Todd communicating well to prevent consequences. Bell then found Abby Hutchin who fired over the bar via a deflection as Dussindale continued to knock on the door.
Dussindale and Hellesdon then took the lead, a trademark finish as a corner came in and Calista Tink scored.
Shanice Sutton doubled the visitors advantage when she rounded the keeper after a good move and slotted in.
Emma Allsopp was then put in the sin bin for alleged foul language which saw the hosts down to 10 players for the next 10 minutes.
A Dussindale free-kick was then erratically saved by Todd, Chelsea Brister then delivered the ball back which hit the post but the danger was cleared, and Dussindale and Hellesdon led by two goals to nil at half time.
The second half began with Dussindale and Hellesdon on the ascendancy, Bell played in Sutton but nothing came of the opportunity.
A Shanice Sutton penalty was then superbly saved by the legs of Todd in the Stratton goal but unfortunately for the hosts, it was cleared away and then into the path of Sutton who finished well into the bottom corner for Dussindale’s third and her second of the game.
Long Stratton grew into the game, a difficult afternoon up top for Samantha Walker but she conducted herself superbly all afternoon with a smile on her face and didn’t stop running and trying to make things happen for the hosts.
Bell then forced Todd into a good save shooting across the goal but the Stratton keeper did well.
A couple of positive Lomg Stratton balls forward were chased down by Walker but the Stratton captain continued to have a frustrating afternoon up top alone. Several cheap decisions were understandably causing Long Stratton to be annoyed but they continued to try and make things happen.
Todd was out to the feet of Bell quick enough to deny Dussindale another goal. Walker then had a chance for Stratton, beautifully turning Belton but hit the side netting.
Stratton had their best spell of the match from an attacking sense and Walker spun the Dussindale defence superbly but shot wide.
Dussindale got the final goal of the game when Shanice Sutton completed her hat trick with a super shot and finish in and off the post. Bell continued to be a star for Dussindale as Todd had to superbly save with her legs again.
The game finished with a Dussindale corner that captain Calista Tink fired over the bar before a chance was volleyed over.
It was Dussindale who claim the three points with a comfortable four-goal victory but Long Stratton deserve credit for their excellent attitude and effort and Adam Race’s team will be a match for anyone once they have all their players back.
Player of the match – Shanice Sutton (Dussindale)
Teams: LONG STRATTON: Todd, Farmer, Wilkinson Cawcutt, Vincent, Bird, Stratton, Ransome, Allsopp, Walker, Hunwicks-Rush. Substitute: Harvey
DUSSINDALE AND HELLESDON ROVERS: Cole, Belton, Humphries, Kennett, Leigh, Nobbs, Bell, Tink, Sutton, Hutchin, Brister. Substitutes: Rusted, Homes, Weatherall.
Scorers: Tink, Sutton (3)