Spartans Stun Sting
The first period belonged to Spartans who were by far the better team although Sutton did create some worthwhile chances but Brandon Stones, with a good defence in front of him was at hand to comfortably deal with them. Spartans created the better chances however and made three of them count to be 3-0 up at the end of the first 20 minutes with goals from Sam Jones, Will Barron, & Jonathon Kirk finding the back of the Sutton net.
James Spurr pulled a goal back for Sting in the first couple of minutes of the period and although Sting didnâ€™t seem to be at their best Spurr and import Thomas Stuart-Dant were causing Spartans all sorts of problems so it was a relief that Nick Whyatt tucked his chance away to make it 4-1 at around the 30 minute mark. Stuart-Dantâ€™s efforts paid off with a good goal just over a minute later to give Sting the perfect response to pull one back to make it now 4-2. Stingâ€™s best spell of the game saw them pile the pressure on Spartans which saw them cut the deficit to one goal at 4-3. From this point both teams had chances that they failed to convert with the game becoming a bit more even as it reached its conclusion.
The game was a lot more even in the final period however Sting pulled level on 4-4 when Simon Offord scored with around 10 minutes of the game left. Spartans response was almost immediate when Tom Humphries set up Scott Morris to score with a great shot to make it 5-4 to Spartans from which point Spartans looked the more comfortable of the two teams in possession but credit to Sting, the tried to get back into the game but were struggling until they had a little spell of pressure towards the end that really threatened the Sheffield rear-guard but Spartans hung on to claim a valuable win as they try to keep tabs on the teams bidding for the play-offs. Sam Jones for Spartans & Jamie Spurr for Sting were awarded the Man of the Match beers.
Final Score: Spartans 5 Sutton Sting 4