HOCKEY: Poachers 3rd clinch double

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Spalding Poachers 3rd completed a Cambridge Ladies’ League Division Two double with a 4-1 cup final success over Wisbech 3rd.

AJ Bunyan gave the Poachers the best possible start with an early goal, but the scores were soon level when Wisbech netted from a short corner.

Great defensive play byYsabel Ward, Michelle Smith, Madeline Oldfield, Samantha Maltby, Kathy Martindale and Frances Dalton settled Spalding down and they duly went 2-1 up when Kelly Varley lifted the ball into the goal.

Attackers Bunyan and Alex Allwright used their formidable ability to work the ball around the D well all game – and both were rewarded with a goal each in the second half, taking the final score to 4-1, and making it the perfect end to a super season for the Poachers.

Elsewhere, Spalding Poachers 1st finished their season on a high too. They beat Ely Ladies’ 1st 2-1 in their final East Women’s League Division 2NW game of the campaign to finish third.

Nicola Bradley fired them 1-0 ahead at the break, then Roz Dennis extended the advantage before Ely notched a late consolation.

In East Men’s League Division 2N, Spalding 1st were beaten 1-0 at home by relegated City of Peterborough 4th on the final day of their season.

Danny Shardlow, Michael Morris and Stuart Cunnington all had efforts on goal, but were denied by keeper and post before COP snatched a late winner. Spalding’s top team finish a respectable fifth .

Division 4NW champions Long Sutton 2nd also concluded their campaign with a loss, but it failed to take the gloss off a super season.

Missing a host of regulars, Alex Canham came in and produced a man-of-the-match showing in Saturday’s 3-2 loss against St Ives 2nd.

The hard-working Adam Wiles was rewarded with a goal and Canham sublimely deflected home a thunderbolt cross from Dan Batten to make it 2-2 at the break.

St Ives grabbed the winner early in the second period, but Sutton still toasted a superb season and look forward to Division 3NW hockey next year.

In the same league, Spalding 2nd ended on a high with a 7-1 success over City of Peterborough 7th.