HOCKEY: Scholes strike seals stunning Spalding win

UNDER PRESSURE: The Spalding 2nd goal lives a charmed life as Long Sutton 2nd get a shot off in Saturdays derby at the Peele Leisure Centre. Photo by NIKKI GRIFFIN

UNDER PRESSURE: The Spalding 2nd goal lives a charmed life as Long Sutton 2nd get a shot off in Saturdays derby at the Peele Leisure Centre. Photo by NIKKI GRIFFIN

Super Spalding Hockey Club 4th ended Leadenham’s hopes of going the entire Division 6NW (N) season unbeaten with a stunning 2-1 win.

Leaders Leadenham, who had won 13 and drawn two before visiting Glen Park, went ahead ten minutes before half time on Saturday.

Spalding refused to lie down though and they levelled when T Maltby’s delicate chip over the on-rushing keeper allowed Joe Higgins to tap home.

With Adrian Bettinson putting in a massive performance at the back, pacey frontman K Scholes turned his man and slotted home a cracking winner for Spalding.

Also on fine form were red-hot Spalding 1st, who continued their late promotion charge with an impressive 4-3 win over University of East Anglia. Division 2N basement boys UEA opened the scoring within ten minutes.

Spalding bounced back swiftly through a diving deflection from Stuart Cunnington, only for UEA to once again go back ahead. Michael Morris equalised for Spalding, before an unfortunate deflection from defender Ashley Taylor put them behind at the break.

It was a different story after the interval and Spalding struck twice in quick succession to seal the win. First, Morris was on hand at the back post to draw the teams level again, then Cunnington buried a short corner flick.

Meanwhile, Long Sutton 1st were handed a 5-1 defeat atHarleston Magpies 2nd in Premier B.

Sutton, who find themselves in the bottom two, were 2-0 down at the interval and then fell 4-0 down in the second half. Gary Hales pulled one back, but Harleston added a fifth to seal the win.

There was a derby cracker in Division 4NW, as Long Sutton 2nd went top with a 3-2 success over Spalding 2nd.

Danny Batten showed his pace and stick skills to open the scoring, before Nick Bailey added another sublime finish to his collection.

Spalding rallied and hauled themselves level before the interval when Pete Wright forced an effort over the line and Graham Doades slotted home a rebound.

Sutton’s winner came ten seconds into the second period, as player-of-the-match Luke Lovegrove laid the ball into Ben Shore – who duly finished to make it 3-2.

In the same division, Spalding 3rd were handed an 8-3 reverse by March Town 3rd.

Spalding were lucky to be just 2-0 down at half time, with keeper Max Pearce on fine form. It got worse as March added to their tally regularly after the break, but Spalding mounted a comeback with Ed Hall, Keith Stennet, Tim Maltby and Steve Rodgers producing some fine play and creating three goals within ten minutes.

In Division 6NW (N), Long Sutton 3rd saw off fellow club side Long Sutton 4th 4-1 to stay second in the standings.

Jason Mallet opened the scoring with a bullet from the edge of the D, then claimed his second just before half time.

Ed White’s low drive made it 3-0, before Ian White deflected in a deserved goal for Sutton 4th. But Calvin Bishop completed the scoring, ensuring Sutton 3rd had the last word.

Also in that division, Max Bodimead and Deane Baker scored as Spalding 5th lost 6-2 against Horncastle 2nd.




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