Spalding men’s first team recorded a third successive win and kept up the pressure on leaders Chelmsford as they saw off Bourne-Deeping.
Man of the match Connor Allen fired a first-half hat-trick in the 6-4 home win with Henry Temple-Baxter also on target before the break.
Despite the dismissal of Harry Vickers for taking the ball above his shoulder, Spalding went 4-0 up and then keeper Richard Price departed for playing the ball outside his D.
Bourne-Deeping got two goals back but Allen scored his fourth and Stuart Cunnington added Spalding’s sixth. The visitors added two more goals but their efforts were too little, too late.
The second team drew 1-1 at Cambridge South with the equaliser by Joe Higgins who brilliantly beat two defenders, went round the keeper and smashed in from a tight angle.
Spalding saw off Bedford 2-1 in the Knockout Cup with goals from Glenn Perkins and Higgins.
Spalding 3rd won 5-3 against Cambridge South 2nd in the top-of-the-table clash. On target were Perkins (2), Steve Rogers (2) and Joe Rogers.
The fourth team lost 3-0 at Bourne-Deeping 4th while Spalding 5th went down 4-0 at Leadenham 2nd.
Spalding Ladies continued their excellent form with an 8-0 win over Cambridge University 2nd.
Katie Gray (2), Kelly Tuplin (2), Jacqui Hunter, Kelly Slater, Karen Timby and Roz Dennis got the goals.
On Sunday they started their England Hockey Trophy campaign in emphatic style with an 8-0 victory over St Neots.
Timby fired a hat-trick with the other goals coming from Tuplin (2), Slater (2) and Hunter.
The second team fought out a goalless draw away to league leaders Leadenham 1st.
Spalding 3rd lost 5-1 to Skegness 1st after Alex Petty equalised.