HOCKEY: Poachers clinch five-star victory

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High-flying Spalding Poachers 1st came from behind to bag a 5-3 victory at Cambs City 3rd in East Women’s League Division 2NW.

After the early setback, Kelly Slater scored from the top of the D to level, before player-of-the-match Emma Dalton put them ahead from a short corner. Jacqui Hunter laid on number three for Dalton just after the break, only for Cambs to immediately hit back.

Poachers nipped any chance of a City comeback in the bud though, as Slater and Karen Breen both netted to wrap-up the points.

Long Sutton Ladies’ 1st were beaten 6-2 by Ipswich 2nd in 1N. Leanne Woodhead had them level at 1-1, with Jeorgia Carr netting the other Sutton strike.

Elsewhere, Spalding Poachers 2nd were edged out 3-2 by Oundle 1st in Cambs Ladies’ League Premier Division.

Roz Dennis and EvaKeyes twice had Spalding level at 1-1 and 2-2, but it wasn’t enough.

In Cambs Division Two, Spalding 3rd picked up a 2-2 draw with March 1st. After falling behind early on, Alex Allwright equalised for Spalding and debutant Hannah Albans put them ahead at 2-1.

But a last-gasp goal denied them a deserved victory.

Long Sutton Ladies’ 2nd went down 4-1 to Skegness 1st, despite captain Lisa Baker putting them ahead early on.

• Long Sutton’s mixed side edged out their Spalding counterparts 5-4 in round one of the England Hockey Mixed Cup on Sunday.

Hosts Sutton went ahead with a fortuitous Sam Howitt own goal – and the free-scoring Nick Bailey added a second to make it 2-0. Spalding

battled back as Michael Morris crossed for Jacqui Hunter to score, but Bailey made it 3-1 at the break.

Amazingly Spalding went 4-3 ahead in the second period through Morris (2) and Hunter, but Sutton won it thanks to goals from Jimmy Harrison and skipper Danny Sisson.