Hales’ hat-trick vital for Sutton

Playing for pride: Spalding 1st's Michael Morris battles for the ball in Saturday's 6-1 loss to Ely. Photo: SG120311-123TW (TIM WILSON)
Playing for pride: Spalding 1st's Michael Morris battles for the ball in Saturday's 6-1 loss to Ely. Photo: SG120311-123TW (TIM WILSON)
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RAMGARHIA 1st 4 LONG SUTTON 1st 5: GARY Hales’ timely treble settled this Premier B thriller – and put Sutton’s fate back into their own hands.

In a topsy-turvy East End clash, Nick Bailey calmly fired the visitors ahead from the edge of the D.

Keeper Jake Loweth made a number of fine stops before Ramgarhia levelled with an unstoppable strike – only for Bailey to deflect home his second from a fine Hales cross.

Sutton started the second period well and extended their lead when Hales deflected in Jimmy Harrison’s fierce strike.

This woke the hosts up and they struck twice to level, but Hales’ unstoppable strike put Sutton back ahead.

Ramgarhia came back again, but with two minutes to go Hales completed his treble to secure the win.

They now face a huge basement battle with COP 2nd on Saturday.

SPALDING 1st 1

ELY 1st 6

RELEGATED Spalding were hit for six on Saturday.

Playing only for pride, Martin Perkins struck the Hills-sponsored side’s solitary goal.

• SPALDING 2nd won 4-3 at Cambs South on Saturday.

SPALDING 3rd 8

MARCH 3rd 0

NEW-LOOK Spalding turned on the style at Glen Park.

Despite fielding a few new faces, Spalding were not fazed by their opponents and took the lead when Ed Hall smashed into the top corner from the edge of the box.

Martin Pocklington doubled their money, before the first of a Stuart Perkins hat-trick made it 3-0.

The goals continued after the break, as James Lowson and Tom Bettinson both scored their first goals for the team. Connor Allen’s cheeky reverse effort and two more from Perkins completed the rout.

LEADENHAM 1st 5

SPALDING 4th 2

TWO late goals flattered Leadenham in this cracker.

The hosts took a two-goal lead inside 12 minutes, but Stuart Ruskin reduced the deficit when he drilled home from close range.

After the break both sides were evenly matched, but it was Leadenham who restored their two-goal cushion.

It was short-lived after Adrian Bettinson connected with a long ball to deceive the Leadenham keeper with a deft touch.

But as Spalding pushed for another goal, Leadenham struck twice on the break.

Ladies’ Leagues

LONG SUTTON LADIES 1st 1

ST NEOTS LADIES 1st 0

PLAYER of the match Holly Naismith fired Sutton to glory with the only goal of the game.

Sutton started strongly and thought they had took the lead through Ali Hobson, but her fantastic short corner strike was ruled out.

They didn’t have to wait much longer for the opener though, as Naismith’s bobbled shot from another short corner found the net.

After the break Naismith and Rachael Gadsden starred in attack, while the defence snuffed out any attacks.

ELY LADIES 2

SPALDING POACHERS 2nd 7

SAM Campbell led the charge for seven-up Poachers.

Spalding’s Campbell hit an early double and that was matched Kate Woolley as the away side led 4-0 at the break.

Not to be outdone, Helen Jex got in on the act in the second period, only for Ely to pull two goals back.

However, Spalding weren’t done yet as Campbell completed her hat-trick and Nic Bradley finished off the scoring.

Campbell and stand-in keeper Sam Maltby – who is a defender by trade – shared player of the match.

ALFORD LADIES 2nd 0

SPALDING POACHERS 3rd 3

POACHERS secured a hard-fought victory as Coral Wild hit two second-half goals.  

The first half play was at both ends of the pitch with Annie and Emma Dalton covering a lot of ground to stop the Alford attack.

Rachel Perkins then scored from of a short corner to give Spalding the lead at half time.  

The fitness and speed of the Spalding youth prevailed and Wild hit two quick breakaway goals in the second half to give Spalding a comprehensive win.