HOCKEY: Four-some Danny fires Spalding to glory

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LEIGHTON BUZZARD 1st 3 SPALDING 1st 4: DANNY Shardlow fired all four goals as Spalding booked a place in the last 32 of the England Hockey Association Vase.

Buzzard went ahead early on in the second round tie, but two penalty flicks from Shardlow turned the tables and put Spalding ahead.

The hosts soon levelled, but another Shardlow strike had his side on the brink of victory, until a late short corner forced extra time.

However, it was Shardlow’s day and his golden goal sealed Spalding’s progress.

LONG SUTTON 1st 2

RAMGARHIA 1st 6

SUTTON were hit for six on Saturday after throwing away an early lead.

Gary Hales struck the first goal for the hosts and, although Ramgarhia levelled, another Sutton strike saw them lead 2-1 at half time.

But once again Sutton folded in the second period, as individual errors and a lack of shape and communication led to battering, with Ramgharia clinically adding five unanswered goals.

Man of the match: Jamie Featherstone.

• 24 hours later, a depleted Sutton side made the trip to Stevenage to face St Albans 1st in a cup clash – but they managed an excellent 5-1 win.

With four regular first team players unavailable, debuts were handed to Matt Grange and Brad Sargeant, who both played exceptionally well.

Skipper Jimmy Harrison opened the scoring by slotting a penalty flick into the corner after great work from Ben Shore.

Danny Sisson doubled their lead, with man-of-the-match Nick Ellis was a constant threat down the right.

After the break the hosts scored their only goal of the game from a short corner, but Sutton soon went 3-1 up when Shore ferociously flicked the ball into the net.

From then on it was all about Sisson, as he got back in on the act with two more goals to complete his hat-trick.

SPALDING 1st 5

WISBECH 2nd 2

A STRONG second half helped seal a five-star display for Spalding.

They started strongly, with Keith Stennett and a Danny Shardlow penalty flick putting them 2-0 up inside 15 minutes.

Wisbech hit back as a clever deflection and a well-struck short corner to made it 2-2 at the break.

But Spalding had other ideas in the second half, with Russell Watts converting a well-worked short corner and Shardlow adding two more to complete a hat-trick.

NEWMARKET 1st 8

LONG SUTTON 2nd 0

ALTHOUGH the scoreline suggests otherwise, Sutton had plenty to be pleased about in defeat.

Visiting a strong Newmarket team that won their division last year, Sutton found themselves 4-0 down at the break.

The hosts added four more in the second half, but kept their heads held high and played with spirit and a togetherness.

James Cliff in goal and Simon Clarke were the pick of the performers.

SPALDING POACHERS 1st 7

ST IVES LADIES’ 2nd 0

POACHERS got back to winning ways with an improved attacking performance against bottom-of-the-table St Ives.

A whirlwind start saw Kelly Slater and Steph Wilson score inside three minutes.

The goals continued to flow with Slater getting on the end of a superb pass from Annie Dalton.

A cool finish from Dalton then made it four, before Roz Dennis was on hand to make it 5-0 at half time.

Goals proved harder to come by in the second period, but Wilson eventually got her second of the game.

The outstanding Slater then completed her hat-trick with a short corner strike.

ELY CITY LADIES’ 1st 2

LONG SUTTON LADIES’ 1st 3

SUTTON were forced to stave off a late fightback to take the spoils.

Leuty gave them a great start with a goal from a scramble, Melissa Ludlam buried the second from a short corner.

The third goal came from the same avenue, with Ludlam deflecting another short in off the post.

Sutton then lost Sally Cade and Jess Hudson to injury, which allowed Ely to build some pressure grab two quick goals.

But Sutton held on, with player of the match shared between Rachael Gadsden and Ludlam.

LONG SUTTON LADIES’ 2nd 2

SPILSBY LADIES’ 1st 1

TWO great Lisa Baker strikes earned Sutton an impressive win.

A short corner in the first half saw Spilsby take the lead, but Sutton picked up the pace after the break and secured the win through Baker’s brilliance.

The excellent Emma Howell took the player of the match award after a super display on the wing, while midfield aces Helen Worth and Hannah Greenacre were also on fine form. Laura Temple also had a successful first league game as sweeper, making some strong, confident hits.

SPALDING POACHERS 3rd 3

HUNTINGDON 2nd 2

BIRTHDAY girl Kelly Varley struck Spalding’s winner to keep her side top of the table.

Poachers started brightly, scoring twice in quick succession through Marion Perkins and Sam Campbell. But Huntingdon battled back after the interval and were rewarded with a goal.

However, player of the match Sam Maltby was outstanding and Varley went further ahead when Varley found the back of the net.

Huntingdon pulled a goal back against the run of play, but Spalding held on.