HOCKEY: Gr-eight display is perfect finale

Perfect season: Spalding Poachers 2nd won all 16 of their league games this season. Back ' Kirsty Goodale, Eve Keyes, Jo Shinkin, Charlotte Hobday, Leanne Pick, Kate Woolley, Abby Cook and Paige Bell. Front (from left) ' Nicola Bradley, Kelly Varley, Sam Campbell, Alison Wild and Sam Maltby.  Photo (to order call 01775 765433): SG190311-06MD (MIKE DAVISON)

Perfect season: Spalding Poachers 2nd won all 16 of their league games this season. Back ' Kirsty Goodale, Eve Keyes, Jo Shinkin, Charlotte Hobday, Leanne Pick, Kate Woolley, Abby Cook and Paige Bell. Front (from left) ' Nicola Bradley, Kelly Varley, Sam Campbell, Alison Wild and Sam Maltby. Photo (to order call 01775 765433): SG190311-06MD (MIKE DAVISON)

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Spalding 2nd 8 St Ives 3rd 1: SPALDING smashed eight goals in their final home East League 4NW fixture of the season.

After a poor start St Ives took the lead, but Spalding soon responded with a flurry of four goals.

They came from Graham Doades (2) – including a well-taken short corner strike – Pete Wright and Chris McKenna.

Wright grabbed his second of the game as Spalding continued to press after the break, while Doades was on hand to complete his hat-trick.

Chris McKenna and Rick McKenna completed the scoring, although Spalding did finish with nine men.

BOURNE 1st 1

SPALDING 1st 3

RELEGATED Spalding ensured they won’t finish bottom of Division 2N with victory in this basement battle.

An even first period yielded no goals, but after the break Matt Sanders opened the scoring.

Michael Morris then added a second from a penalty stroke, before Glenn Perkins rounded off a sweeping move for 3-0.

Bourne got a late goal back, but Spalding played some of the best hockey of their season and were deserved winners.

CAMBS NOMADS 3rd 1

SPALDING 3rd 3

TWO Stuart Perkins strikes secured another impressive win for Spalding.

Perkins opened the scoring from a short corner, only for Nomads to level before the break.

Luke Jackson had a goal ruled out and Perkins saw a penalty saved before Tom Shinkins converted a short. Another rocket short from Perkins then wrapped up the win.

SPALDING 4th 2

LOUTH 1st 3

SPALDING gave the 6NW(N) champions a run for their money.

A clinical finish by Stuart Ruskin gave the hosts the lead, but Louth hit back with two goals before half time.Spalding took the initiative after the break and Julian Higgins levelled from close range – only for Louth to hit a late winner from a penalty corner.

LONG SUTTON 4th 4

SPALDING 5th 2

ALEX Canham hit a hat-trick as Sutton took the derby spoils.

In an evenly matched first period, Sutton went 2-0 up before Lewis Ratcliff pulled one back.

Connor Wilson’s first goal of the season made it 2-2 after the break, but Sutton struck twice more to seal the win, with Lovegrove the other scorer.

SPALDING POACHERS 1st 2

CAMBS UNI 3rd 2

POACHERS held the Cambs Premier Division champions to secure the runners-up spot.

Spalding bossed the first period, but player of the match Steph Wilson and her side were unable to convert any attacks into goals.

Cambs piled on the pressure after the break and took the lead – only for Kelly Slater to smash home an equaliser from a short corner.

Superb stick skills from Karen Timby saw the Spalding star make it 2-1, but a late leveller ensured the spoils were shared.

LONG SUTTON LADIES 1st 4

PETERBOROUGH LADIES 2nd 0

SUTTON kept their promotion hopes alive with this big win.

Lachan Read calmly slotted home a penalty flick to make it 1-0 at half time.

Mel Ludlam’s goal-bound flick was then deflected home by a Peterborough player, before Read fired home number three.

A fantastic solo effort by Sophie Hart completed the scoring.