HOCKEY: Unbeaten Spalding march past Saints

DAMAGE LIMITATION: Spalding Poachers' 1st are pictured defending for their lives against Chelmsford on Sunday. The hosts lost the Surfleet clash 11-0 against a side that ply their trade much higher up the ladies' pyramid. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG211012-123NG
DAMAGE LIMITATION: Spalding Poachers' 1st are pictured defending for their lives against Chelmsford on Sunday. The hosts lost the Surfleet clash 11-0 against a side that ply their trade much higher up the ladies' pyramid. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG211012-123NG
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Spalding Hockey Club 2nd are showing plenty of six appeal in Division 4NW after emphatically extending their unbeaten run against St Neots 2nd.

It’s now six games unbeaten after a 6-1 home success, which leaves Spalding top of the tree on goal difference.

Pete Wright got the ball rolling, before Jacob Rowbottom and Graham Doades made it 3-0 at half time. Phil Callow added a thunderous fourth, with Doades and Wright adding another each before St Neots’ consolation.

Up in Premier B, Long Sutton 1st were hammered 6-0 at home by Cambs Uni 2nd on Saturday.

They fared a bit better in the HA Trophy 24 hours later, but went out on penalty strokes after drawing 2-2 with Norwich 1st, again at home.

Gary Hales and Danny Sisson scored as Sutton fought back from 2-0 down.

The score was also 2-2 as Spalding 1st earned a point at Dereham 2nd in Division 2N.

They went in 2-0 up at the interval through clinical Dan Shardlow penalty corners, but Dereham scored twice in quick succession with well-worked goals from long balls.

There was something of a thriller in Division 4NW, as Long Sutton 2nd prevailed 4-3 at Spalding 3rd.

After Sutton keeper James Cliff saved an early penalty stroke, Stefan Fox and Nick Bailey put them 2-0 ahead.

Tim Maltby and James Doolan struck for Spalding to make it 2-2, but Bailey scored two unstoppable deflections to win it for Sutton. Ryan Mountney got Spalding’s third.

There was another derby in Division 6NW (N), as Spalding 4th and Long Sutton 3rd went head-t0-head.

Sutton started the better and when ahead when player-of-the-match Alex Canham finished off a rebound from his own strike, before adding a second with an angled deflection after Jack Smith’s pass.

Tom Shinkins made it 2-1 with a superb reverse chip, but eventually George Dixon-Spain carved out a run and finished with a great shot to restore the two goal cushion for Sutton and secure a 3-1 win at Surfleet.

Spalding’s man-of-the-match was Harry Bettinson.

• Katie Ireland fired an impressive seven goals to guide Long Sutton Ladies’ 2nd to a huge 16-0 win over Horncastle 2nd on Saturday in Lincolnshire Ladies’ Green League.

Four of her spree came in the first half, with Louise Billingham, Emma Howell and Lisa Baker also on target.

Another eight goals arrived after the interval, courtesy of Billingham, Baker, Millie Lamming, Howell, Jeorgia Carr (2) and red-hot Ireland (3).

Long Sutton Ladies’ 1st were also on winning form in East Women’s League Division 1N. They picked up an impressive 3-1 triumph at Ipswich 3rd, with Robyn Gribble and Rebecca Kierman (2) scoring.

It was a tough weekend for Spalding Poachers 1st on two fronts. They lost their unbeaten East Women’s League Division 2NW record on Saturday after a 5-1 beating at Cambs City 2nd, despite Karen Timby’s strike.

An 11-0 home reverse followed on Sunday at the hands of Chelmsford in the EH Cup.

Spalding Poachers 2nd were also beaten in Cambs Ladies’ League Premier Division. They suffered a 4-0 reverse at Cambs South. But Spalding Poachers 3rd won 7-2 against March Ladies 1st in Cambs Division Two. Karen Thorold (3), Alex Allwright and Beth Devey were among the scorers.