HOCKEY: It’s perfect payback for seven-up Spalding

ON THE BALL: Spalding 1st's Ashley Barker (right) makes tracks during Saturday's huge win over Cambs Nomads. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG180114-133TW
ON THE BALL: Spalding 1st's Ashley Barker (right) makes tracks during Saturday's huge win over Cambs Nomads. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG180114-133TW
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Table-topping Spalding 1st sent out a real message to their rivals with a thumping 7-0 success over second-placed Cambs Nomads 1st on Saturday.

Aiming to avenge one of only two Division 2N defeats this season, Spalding shone with an emphatic Glen Park display that sent them four points clear at the top with a game in hand on the chasing pack.

Glen Perkins notched a fantastic four goals for the hosts, with Harry Vickers and top scorer Stuart Cunnington also got in on the act.

An own goal completed the Spalding scoring.

Up in Premier B, Ipswich 1st handed Long Sutton 1st a 5-2 home reverse. Danny Sisson’s thunderbolt did have them in contention at 3-1 down at the break, before Josh Fyson made it 3-2.

But they couldn’t complete the comeback, with Ipswich breaking away to add two more and seal the points.

There was better news for Long Sutton 2nd, who are fourth in Division 3NW after beating Ely 2nd 4-0. The prolific Ben Shore grabbed three of the goals, with Adam Wiles also notching.

Meanwhile, Spalding 3rd did their promotion hopes the power of good with an incredible 10-3 Division 5NW success over City of Peterborough Vets. Both Peter Gray and Steve Rogers bagged hat-tricks, with Tom Shinkins (2), Kieran Scholes and Tim Maltby the other scorers to leave Spalding two points clear of the rest in second spot.

Down in Division 6NW (N), Spalding 5th saw their promotion hopes take a hit following a 3-0 defeat at leaders Horncastle 2nd. Rob Callaby was outstanding in the Spalding goal and kept the score down.

In the same division, Spalding 4th enjoyed a 2-0 home triumph over City of Peterborough 9th to pull away from the bottom two.

Two goals from Darren Willson were enough to seal the points, but a head injury to Herbi Ushewokunze – which required a hospital visit – took the gloss off the victory.

Also in Division 6NW (N), struggling Long Sutton 4th grabbed a deserved 4-2 success over third-placed Boston 1st. John Sullivan (2), James Baker and Will White scored to clinch the welcome win.