Leadenham earn crucial point in battle against drop

Men’s East Division 3NW

LONG SUTTON SECOND XI 3-3 LEADENHAM HC FIRST XI

With one of these teams possibly facing relegation at the end of the season, the trip to Long Sutton was a crucial one for Leadenham.

The away team scored first, courtesy of Jack Ashton, but Long Sutton responded quickly to equalise.

Ashton found the net again to give Leadenham a slender 2-1 advantage at half-time.

The hosts started the second half the stronger team and scored two early goals.

However, Leadenham’s new forward formation of Ashton, Ian Sanderson and Will Dean created more opportunities and a short corner was converted by David Nelstrop to earn a potentially precious point.

Hard work and determination from Ian Sanderson earned him the man-of-the-match votes.

Men’s East Division 6NWN

BOURNE DEEPING FIFTH XI 3-3 LEADENHAM HC SECOND XI

The visitors did not start well and were 2-0 goals down by half-time.

But globe-trotting James Ireland returned to the pitch to score a hat-trick in the second half to cap a terrific fightback and earn a 3-3 draw.

This return to form from the veteran goalscorer earned him the man-of-the-match award.

* Leadenham ladies’ match was postponed because of snow on the pitch.

* The club would like to thank sponsors Mountain Skip Hire.