HOCKEY: Batten buries a birthday brace

It's all going on: Spalding 1st and Bourne/Deeping 1st battled out a thrilling 2-2 draw at Surfleet on Saturday.Photo (TIM WILSON): SG031211-145TW (to order call 01775 765433)
It's all going on: Spalding 1st and Bourne/Deeping 1st battled out a thrilling 2-2 draw at Surfleet on Saturday.Photo (TIM WILSON): SG031211-145TW (to order call 01775 765433)

BOSTON 1st 1 LONG SUTTON 2nd 8: BASEMENT boys Boston were ruthlessly dispatched as Sutton’s super streak in 4NW continued.

Man-of-the-match Dan Batten opened the scoring with a birthday goal, only for Boston to hit back and level. After plenty of pressure, it was right back Stuart Ingram who popped up in the D to calmly put Sutton back ahead.

In the second half Nick Bailey and Ben Shore (2) added their names to the scoresheet to increase the lead and put the game to bed.

Jeremy Watt and Michael Donagy also got in on the act, while Batten added the finishing touches to a super team move to round off the scoring.

LONG SUTTON 1st 3

CROSTYX 1st 3

SUTTON played their part in a six-goal Premier B thriller as they put the previous week’s loss behind them.

Playing with pace, speed and precision, Sutton took the lead when Gary Hales superbly slotted home.

A cruel deflection allowed Crostyx to level, then they hit the front for the first time from a short corner.

But Sutton hit back to level with the last attack of the half, as Josh Fyson unleashed a thunderbolt into the the roof of the net.

A super penalty save from man-of-the-match Loweth kept Sutton ahead, before skipper Jimmy Harrison stepped up to smash his side ahead again.

Crostyx buried a late leveller from a short corner, but a draw was the right result.

SPALDING 1st 2

BOURNE/DEEPING 1st 2

HONOURS were even in this entertaining top-of-the-table clash in East Men’s League 3NW.

Unbeaten leaders Bourne/Deeping took the lead as they caught the Spalding defence napping with a rapid end-to-end counter attack move.

Pete Wright equalised for hosts Spalding with a neat finish, before Bourne/Deeping re-took the lead with a goal turned in by an unlucky defender.

However, Dan Shardlow squared things up again with a penalty flick before the break.

Chances continued to flow in the second half, with Spalding keeper Richard Price making some key saves. The hosts had the better of it from then on, but despite Jason Purllant being sin-binned, they couldn’t force a winner.

SPALDING 5th 1

LONG SUTTON 3rd 0

TEMPERS flared as Spalding edged this fiery 6NW (N) derby clash.

Sutton dominated the attacking play without playing anywhere near their full potential, as Spalding’s defence stayed strong and Dan Barkworth was on hand to make some great saves.

Spalding’s up-and-coming players Sam Darling and James Scott both performed well in their midfield roles, but it was Stuart Ruskin who latched onto a hopeful clearance from the defence midway through the second period to score the only goal with a sublime flick over the keeper from a tight angle.

Stand-out performances for Sutton, who will feel they deserved at least a draw, came from Jason Mallett, Dave Maris and man-of-the-match Andy Blom.

ALFORD 2nd 5

SPALDING 4th 0

INEXPERIENCED Spalding were out-gunned at Alford.

Although Rob Callaby made some fine saves and Chris Grooby, Harry Higgins and Max Pearce performed well in defence, the hosts were 4-0 up at the break.

With Connor Wilson and Joe Higgins effective in attack, Spalding were unlucky not to reduce the arrears. Midfielders Harry Bettinson, Dom Uglow and Hector Moore worked tirelessly, but the home side broke through one more time.

SPALDING POACHERS 1st 4

CAMBS SOUTH LADIES’ 1st 0

POACHERS kept their winning streak alive with a comfortable win.

Spalding opened the scoring through Steph Wilson and Emma Dalton made it 2-0 at the break from a short corner. 

After the break another Dalton goal from a short was followed by a fourth from goal machine Karen Timby.  Poachers now face Cambs Uni in the cup this weekend.

CAMBS CITY LADIES’ 2nd 1

LONG SUTTON LADIES’ 1st 2

BRYONY Normanton’s penalty fired Sutton to a deserved victory.

Sutton were unlucky not to take an early lead through Rebecca Kierman, before Melissa Ludlam’s shot was saved on the line by a Cambridge player’s body.

A penalty flick was awarded and Ludlam slotted home, but City levelled with a flick of their own.

Sutton continued to boss matters after the break – and when player-of-the-match Rachael Gadsden was pushed in the back, Normanton stepped up to score the winner from the third penalty of the game.

LONG SUTTON LADIES’ 2nd 0

ALFORD LADIES’ 1st 8

SUTTON were dealt a hefty defeat by the league leaders in their final game before Christmas.

Some great keeping by Claire Billingham kept numerous Alford shots at bay, but stubborn Sutton defending couldn’t keep them at bay.