SPALDING 1st 11 RUTLAND 2nd 3: HAT-TRICKS from Pete Wright and Tom Hewitt fired red-hot Spalding three points closer to promotion.
Dan Shardlow opened the scoring before Hewitt added a spectacular second from the top of the D inside the first ten minutes.
Rutland scored twice either side of a Wright strike, before Shardlow’s second made it 4-2 at the break.
After a change in formation, a four goal blitz in the opening ten minutes of the second period settled the game.
Hewitt hit two more to complete his treble, while Wright notched another and Martin Perkins bundled one home.
There was still time for Wright to complete his hat-trick, together with a Russell Watts effort that brought up double figures and a last-minute effort from Glenn Perkins.
LONG SUTTON 1st 3
HARPENDEN 1st 2
SUTTON secured a vital victory in the Premier B basement battle on Saturday.
A super run from Fred Whatling was the catalyst for the opener, which was smashed in from a short corner by Gary Hales.
Harpenden started the second half well, but Sutton went 2-0 up when Jimmy Harrison’s shot was stopped on the line by a foot and he subsequently slotted in the penalty flick.
The visitors pulled one back, only to be hit by an Ashley Taylor special soon after. He picked up the ball on his own 23 and drove into the D, before unleashing a low thunderbolt into the corner.
Harpenden got one back late on, but, Sutton were value for their win.
MARCH 2nd 5
SPALDING 2nd 0
YOUTHFUL Spalding were soundly beaten on March’s newly-laid pitch.
With the pitch playing slowly, the away side struggled to get into the game – despite the best efforts of Doades, Jackson and Tilbrook.
It was 2-0 at the break and could have been more than 5-0 at the finale but for some super stops from brave keeper Rob Callaby, who played on despite suffering an injury.
BOURNE/DEEPING 2nd 2
LONG SUTTON 2nd 3
DEPLETED Sutton picked up a deserved derby success.
Bourne/Deeping went ahead early in the game, but Ben Shore soon struck to level the scores.
A well-timed run from Jason Mallett then allowed him to slot home Sutton’s second. Their lead didn’t last long, with the hosts making it 2-2 at the interval.
Sutton were impressive in the second period and grabbed a deserved short-corner winner through Shore.
ALFORD 2nd 1
LONG SUTTON 3rd 4
INEXPERIENCED Sutton gelled together superbly to deliver a fantastic performance.
Alford did race into an early lead, despite the best efforts of the excellent Albert Slator in goal.
Alex Canham soon levelled and Dan Fisher pounced to put Sutton ahead with from a rebound.
The visitors picked up where they left off after the break, with the lively Canham bagging his second.
There was still time for man-of-the-match Canham to seal a super hat-trick from a penalty flick.
SPALDING 3rd 5
BOURNE/DEEPING 3rd 3
SPALDING gained instant revenge on their rivals in a cracking contest.
After suffering an unlucky defeat last week, Spalding fell behind before Shaun Dewing converted a short corner to level it up at the break.
Spalding were given a stern team talk and responded superbly, with goals coming from Herbert Uzhewakunze, Stuart Perkins, Tim Maltby and Kieran Scholes, with the latter scoring on his third team debut.
Bourne/Deeping did score again, but Spalding’s dominance was too much for the away team – despite twice being down to ten players.
LONG SUTTON 4th 0
GRANTHAM 1st 7
LEAGUE leaders Grantham eased passed Sutton.
Some outstanding play from Sam Gray, David Shire, man-of-the-match George Smith, Jeremy Smith and Jack Smith meant Sutton went into the break a respectable 2-0 down.
Five Grantham goals followed in the second half.
ST IVES LADIES’ 2nd 1
SPALDING POACHERS 1st 2
KELLY Slater’s cool strike saw off the lowly Saints and kept Poachers in the hunt for the title.
St Ives took an early lead and held it at half time. Spalding kept their heads and their fitness eventually shone through, bagging a leveller when debutant Karen Breen fired through the legs of the keeper.
The winner came soon after, with Annie Dalton latching on to a ball from Karen Timby and threading a pin point pass through to Slater – who made no mistake.
HORNCASTLE LADIES’ 1st 0
LONG SUTTON LADIES’ 1st 7
SEVEN-UP Sutton returned to action with a bang after their break.
They started well and saw themselves 5–0 up at half time through Leanne Woodhead’s brace – including a super solo strike – Sarah Walker, Sophie Hart and Melissa Ludlam.
Two more strikes from Hart and Louise Southgate followed, completing the scoring and keep Sutton top.
BOURNE/DEEPING LADIES’ 2nd 0
SPALDING POACHERS 2nd 4
DOMINANT Poachers bossed this derby from the off.
Tamika Providence and Karen Thorold worked well together in the first half, allowing the former to slot in two goals before the break.
Midfielders Providence, Lily Dobbs, Amber Wild and Abby Christian worked tirelessly in the second half, which saw Christian and Amber Wild complete the scoring.
LINCOLN ROSES LADIES’ 2nd 2
LONG SUTTON LADIES’ 2nd 1
TWO early goals accounted for Sutton in Lincoln.
Having fallen 2-0 down, Sutton responded when a fluent passing move culminated in Katie Ireland hitting the target. Louise Billingham ran tirelessly all afternoon.
SPALDING PAOCHERS 3rd 2
HUNTINGDON LADIES’ 2nd 1
POACHERS came from behind to earn a fine victory.
They went a goal down when a Spalding stick deflected a short corner into their own goal, but player-of-the-match Belinda Providence swiftly levelled.
Sam Campbell then put Poachers ahead, with Karen Barkworth making a late stop to secure the spoils.