HOCKEY: Martin’s winner could be crucial for Spalding

On the ball: Spalding 2nd's Robert Tilbrook gets his head up during Saturday's superb 5-3 victory over Horncastle 1st at Surfleet. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG030312-120NG (to order call 01775 765433)
On the ball: Spalding 2nd's Robert Tilbrook gets his head up during Saturday's superb 5-3 victory over Horncastle 1st at Surfleet. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG030312-120NG (to order call 01775 765433)
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ELY 2nd 2 SPALDING 1st 3: WHAT a big win this could prove to be for Spalding, who climbed to the top of Division 3NW with just four games to go.

The Hills-sponsored side didn’t have things all their own way though, with Ely racing 2-0 ahead early on.

But Glenn Perkins pulled one back just before the break and Spalding were much more driven in the second period.

It didn’t take long for Perkins to rattle home his second and level the scores, before his dad Martin Perkins hammered home a dramatic late winner. With Bourne/Deeping losing, Spalding are now favourites for the title.

CAMBS UNI 2nd 2

LONG SUTTON 1st 0

SUTTON were left aggrieved at taking nothing from this game.

Although Cambridge had most of the ball, Sutton defended heroically and it was 0-0 at half time.

It was much better after the break, but Sutton were punished as they fell behind after wasting two short corners. It got worse late on, with Ashley Taylor sent off and Cambs adding a second.

LONG SUTTON 2nd 2

MARCH 2nd 2

IT was a case of glass half empty for Sutton as they were held to a draw.

Six short corners were spurned in the first half as Sutton went in 2-1 down at the interval.

An equaliser came in the second half, with Ben Shore and Stefan Fox the scores on the day. Fox, Michael Donaghy and Connor Allen had great games.

SPALDING 2nd 5

HORNCASTLE 1st 3

AN OUTSTANDING team performance saw Spalding snap their two-game losing streak.

After Horncastle took a swift lead, Chris Mckenna’s deflection and a Graham Doades put Spalding 2-1 ahead by the 20 minute mark.

Mckenna added a third before half time, while a superb goalline save from the ever-impressive Luke Jackson kept the score at 3-1.

James Lowson added a fourth after the break, before Mckenna completed a fine hat-trick. Horncastle’s late double-strike failed to take the gloss off a fine win.

LEADENHAM 1st 8

LONG SUTTON 3rd 0

DEPLETED Sutton were overwhelmed by strong opposition.

Without excellent work from man-of-the-match Albert Slator in goal, the result could have been much worse than 8-0.

There were also solid showings from Ed White, Luke Lovegrove, David Marris and Jamie Slator

SPALDING 5th 2

LONG SUTTON 4th 0

SPALDING’S young guns ended a run of poor form to claim a cracking derby success.

With Spalding starting much the better, Jack Drury found the opener after some great play down the right wing from Kieran Scholes, who was a constant threat throughout.

They then got their second goal before half time when Shaun Dewing converted a short corner.

Much of the same followed in the second period with Spalding unlucky not to add more goals to their tally.

There were fine performances from Hector Moore, Harry Bettinson, Drury and Scholes.

SPALDING POACHERS 1st 5

NEWMARKET 1st 0

FIVE-STAR Poachers are on the brink of promotion to the East League after another fine victory.

Great combination play between Karen Breen and Annie Dalton allowed the latter to fire Spalding ahead inside two minutes.

Karen Timby then slotted home number two from a well-rehearsed short corner, before a slick passing move inspired by Roz Dennis allowed Jacqui Hunter to make it 3-0.

The going was much tougher in the second half, with Spalding keeper Christina Dewing forced into a number of smart saves.

Poachers rode the storm though, and Breen notched two solo efforts late on after good work by Tamika Providence.

Victory against COP on Saturday week will seal promotion.

LONG SUTTON LADIES’ 1st 2

LOUTH LADIES’ 1st 2

SUTTON stay top of the table after this draw – but it’s now shaping up to be a grandstand finish to the season.

After creating a host of early chances, Sutton took the lead from a short corner when Sarah Walker buried a straight strike.

Louth levelled before the break though, with Sutton seeming to lose pace and energy in the second half.

They dug deep and Walker slotted home again from a short corner, only for Louth to once again equalise after having a goal ruled out. Louise Southgate was player of the match.

SPALDING POACHERS 2nd 2

ST IVES LADIES’ 3rd 0

HIGH-FLYING Spalding remain on-course for second place after a ninth league win of the season.

After early chances from Lily Dobbs, Amber Wild and Jo Shinkin failed to register, Eva Keyes scored the only goal of the first half from a short corner. In the last ten minutes Wild added the second.

CITY OF PETERBOROUGH LADIES’ 4th 3

SPALDING POACHERS 3rd 2

POACHERS pushed their table-topping city rivals all the way.

With a new formation on show and Nicky Hurst making her debut, Spalding started slowly and were 2-0 down at the break.

But that changed in the second half, Sam Campbell laying on a double for the lethal Kate Woolley.

Both sides had chances to win it, but COP pinched the points.

LONG SUTTON LADIES’ 2nd 1

BOSTON LADIES’ 1st 7

TEN-PLAYER Sutton were soundly beaten by Boston.

Mair Goodge, Jill Warwick and Lisa Baker stood firm in defence, while Louise Billingham and Claire Taylor worked tirelessly down the wings.

Sutton trailed at the break, but did manage to notch a goal when Baker and Hannah Greenacre combined to release Katie Ireland, who swept home from the top of the D. Claire Billingham was excellent in goal.