Crushing win for high-flying Spalding men’s 1sts

Spalding Men's 1sts in action against Ipswich & East Suffolk Men's 1sts at Glen Park.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Spalding Men's 1sts in action against Ipswich & East Suffolk Men's 1sts at Glen Park. Photo by Tim Wilson.

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Spalding Men’s 1sts stay in third place in the league after a crushing 5-1 victory over Ipswich and East Suffolk Men’s 1sts.

The home team commanded the game from the off at Glen Park and were given a great start when Dan Needham slotted home a penalty after just five minutes.

Rob Dalton scores from the penalty spot for Spalding Men's 1sts and is congratulated by captain Josh Rowbottom.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Rob Dalton scores from the penalty spot for Spalding Men's 1sts and is congratulated by captain Josh Rowbottom. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Rob Dalton followed this up with a thunderous drive minutes later to give Spalding a 2-0 advantage.

The Suffolk lads dropped back on the defensive, allowing Spalding plenty of possession.

Spalding played the ball about with confidence and at the other end Brendan Morris, Ashley Barker and Sam Howitt were commanding in defence, dealing comfortably with anything the Ipswich side did in attack.

And another Dan Needham penalty early in the second half effectively sealed the points for the hosts.

Stuart Cunnington returned to his goalscoring ways with a couple of clinic strikes to round off the rout.

Spalding were disappointed to concede a consolation goal for IES in the final minute which took the gloss of an excellent all round team effort.

The next opponents are Cambridge University 2nds at home on December 12.

Meanwhile, there were mixed results for Spalding Ladies with a spirited win for the seconds, but disappointing defeats for the 1sts and 3rds.

The 1sts were short of several senior players as they went down 3-1 at Norwich Dragons Ladies.

Spalding went to Norwich in good spirits after securing their first league win the weekend before but they fell two goals behind in the first half.

The visitors rallied after half-time and Amy Wells pulled one back, only for Norwich to net a third goal to seal victory.

The 2nds took on Huntingdon Ladies 1sts with a depleted team and a volunteer in goal but they managed to eke out a 1-0 victory.

Charlotte Morris took her new role of centre back in her stride and Sally Pilgrim gave a fine performance in goal.

Spalding had the majority of the play, creating many chances but not converting them as the impressive Lucy Simpson forced the Huntingdon goalkeeper into three great saves in quick succession.

The 2nds finally broke the deadlock in the second half with Simpson slotting home.

Elsewhere, Spalding Ladies’ 3rds were edged out 1-0 by Newmarket Ladies 2nds in a close game where the visitors’ regular goalkeeper was unavailable and a couple of other players were out injured.

But the team started well with the defence strong, particularly Kirsty Gammons, as they repelled a series of short corners before Newmarket did take the lead.

Elaine Allen was player of the match as Spalding came close to an equaliser.

• Spalding Ladies 2nds were knocked out of the English Women’s 2nd XI Cup as they lost 9-1 to Beeston Ladies 2nds on Sunday.

It was a battling display from Spalding against a team several leagues higher.

They even equalised after falling behind, AJ Bunyan finding Amy Wells, who finished smartly. Beeston upped the tempo after that.