CITY OF PETERBOROUGH 3rd 3 SPALDING POACHERS 1st 6: RED-HOT Karen Timby struck another treble as Poachers roared to a sensational derby success.
Kelly Slater slotted a deserved opener after slick work from Roz Dennis, before Slater fired her second with a reverse effort.
Timby then made it 3-0 from a well-worked short corner, while Annie Dalton and Steph Wilson combined to allow Jacqui Hunter to slot a fourth.
Peterborough managed to get two goals back after the break, but Timby’s penalty flick kept Poachers in command at 5-2.
Despite Christina Lowe making some superb saves COP grabbed another, only for Timby to seal her hat-trick with a decisive sixth.
LONG SUTTON 1st 1
CITY OF PETERBOROUGH 1st 7
WELL-drilled Peterborough made light work of Sutton in this Premier B clash.
Sutton did manage some good passages of play at times, but were just not firing on all cylinders against a team who should win the league
CAMBRIDGE CITY 4th 1
SPALDING 1st 5
DOMINANT Spalding continued their climb up the table with another impressive win.
The Hills sponsored side started superbly with some excellent hockey – and a neatly worked triangle found Matt Sanders at the top of the D to slot the opener. Pete Wright, Russell Watts and Dan Shardlow then added to the lead for half time.
The city team managed to get a goal back on a quick break, but some slick skills from the midfield set up Dan Shardlow for a crisp finish to seal Spalding’s win.
LONG SUTTON 2nd 3
HORNCASTLE 1st 0
SUTTON returned to winning ways with a disciplined performance.
They opened their account when Nick Bailey’s goal-bound deflection was finished off by goal machine Ben Shore. Dan Batten then forced his was through to notch the second before half time.
In the second half Horncastle improved, but were unable to breach man-of-the-match James Cliff’s goal.
At the other end, Bailey completed the scoring by nutmegging a player and slotting home.
SPALDING 2nd 5
BOSTON 1st 4
A STUNNING first half showing and a dramatic late strike helped settle this derby thriller in Spalding’s favour.
Glen Perkins opened the scoring with a fine shot on the turn, but Boston bounced back to equalise.
This galvanised the home side and they began to play some positive attacking hockey, with Graham Doades scoring two goals in three minutes to make it 3-1.
Ross Gavaghan’s neat deflection from a short corner then ensured Spalding went in 4-1 up at the break.
Indiscipline after the break saw Spalding reduced to nine men and Boston pulled back level, but Doades completed his hat-trick late on to snatch a deserved win.
LONG SUTTON 3rd 5
BOSTON 2nd 0
ON-SONG Sutton continued their fine form.
Good finishes from Andy Blom and Ed White soon saw them 2-0 up, before Ben Maris stole in and made it 3-0 at the break.
Man-of-the-match Alex Canham converted a fourth in the second half, while Andy Clarke bagged late on to secure the result.
ELY 3rd 1
SPALDING 3rd 4
SHAUN Dewing fired a hat-trick to guide Spalding to a fine victory.
Joe Doolan and James Lowson created some super chances in the first half, but the sole goal came from Dewing after he found some space in the D. With Spalding now dominating most of the midfield play, Dewing doubled the advantage.
A defensive lapse allowed Ely to pull a goal back, but Doolan restored the two-goal cushion soon after.
Ely continued to push on, but there was still time for Dewing to wrap up the points with his third.
SPALDING 4th 2
LONG SUTTON 4th 1
A LATE Ryan Mountney strike settled this closely-fought derby.
The first period was one of Sutton’s best of the season, but neither side could break the deadlock.
Spalding started the better after the break and Darren Wilson drilled home the opener. But George Smith beat a man and fired home from the edge of the D to level matters again.
Parity was short-lived though, as Mountney flicked home the winner for Spalding.
LONG SUTTON LADIES’ 1st 1
ST NEOTS LADIES’ 1st 0
PLAYER of the match Bryony Normanton struck to seal victory for Sutton.
The hosts started well but began to lack cohesion in a stalemate first half of few chances. This continued into the second half, even though Sutton had most of the play.
Normanton finally broke the deadlock after a string of short corners – and Sutton were unlucky not to add to their advantage in the closing stages.
LONG SUTTON LADIES’ 2nd 3
GRANTHAM LADIES’ 1st 1
ONCE again Sutton triumphed over good opposition.
The goal scoring honours were split evenly between forwards Louise Billingham, Katie Ireland and Lisa Baker, while there was strong midfield support from captain Sam Carr. Keeper Claire Billingham also played well, while Anna Smith was named player of the match.