HOCKEY: Poachers seal deserved title

Get in! Long Sutton 1st duo Nick Bailey and Will Cook (number 42) celebrate Gary Hales' goal in the thrilling 5-5 draw with Pelicans on Saturday. Hales is pictured below. Photos by TIM WILSON
Get in! Long Sutton 1st duo Nick Bailey and Will Cook (number 42) celebrate Gary Hales' goal in the thrilling 5-5 draw with Pelicans on Saturday. Hales is pictured below. Photos by TIM WILSON
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Spalding Poachers 2nd 8 St Neots 4th 0: EMPHATIC Poachers sealed the Cambridgeshire Ladies’ League Division Two crown by thrashing their nearest rivals.

Spalding started the game quietly and struggled to get through St Neots’ defence.

But Alison Wild opened the scoring when she put a rebound away. while further strikes from Kate Woolley, Charlotte Hobday and Helen Jex made the score 4-0 at half time.

After the break Kelly Varley consistently put pressure on the St Neots defence down the right wing and was rewarded with a goal.

Kate Woolley got her second with a spectacular top corner finish and soon completed her hat-trick. After scoring her first goal for Spalding in the first half, Hobday grabbed her second to make it 8-0.

With two games left, Spalding still boast a 100 per cent record.

LONG SUTTON 1st 5

PELICANS 1st 5

SUTTON gained another East Premier B point in a roller-coaster game at the Peele School on Saturday.

Gary Hales squared for Nick Bailey to provide the deftest of openers, only for Pelicans to level from a well-worked goal.

Will Cook then released Hales to lash Sutton back ahead, but the visitors levelled from a short corner.

Pelicans took the lead for the first time after the break, but Jeremy Watt crashed home a well-worked leveller soon after.

The away team responded with another goal before Sutton produced their best period of the game, as Danny Sisson converted a penalty.

Sisson then looked to have won it when he buried a second, but Pelicans snatched a late leveller.

MARCH 1st 3

SPALDING 1st 1

PLAYING only for pride, relegated Spalding put in an outstanding performance against the league leaders.

Everyone contributed and Dan Shardlow was on hand to cancel out an early March lead. Dan Barkworth gave his best performance of the season between the sticks and Robert Dalton greatly impressed in his debut.

However, March took two more of their opportunities to win 3-1, but Spalding can take great pride in their performance and with some new young blood will be looking to go straight back up next year.

• SPALDING 2nd were awarded a 3-0 win over Ely City 3rd, who conceded.

CAMBS CITY 5th 1

SPALDING 3rd 6

IMPROVED Spalding hit Cambridge for six.

Spalding dominated from the off and were soon a goal up with Stuart Perkins firing home the first from a penalty corner.

Cambs equalised with a shot from an acute angle, which beat Ian Caeser at the near post.

However, Spalding upped their game and were producing some of their best hockey of the season and it was no surprise when Shaun Dewing dragged a penalty corner past the keeper into the corner.

Cambs had no answer to the blistering pace of Shinkins in attack, while Perkins added two more goals in quick succession to extend Spalding’s lead and to complete his hat trick. Connor Allen then turned his defender and left the keeper with no chance to make it five.

The best was saved for last, as Will Baker dribbled from inside his own half past several defenders and rifled the ball on the reverse stick in off the underside of the crossbar from the top of the D for surely the goal of the season.

LONG SUTTON 3rd 2

LEADENHAM 1st 2

HONOURS were even in a game Sutton could – and perhaps should – have won.

Leadenham took the lead after a mistake from their otherwise immaculate goalkeeper Albert Slator.

A second soon followed to leave Sutton 2-0 down at the break.

Skipper Andy Clarke reshuffled his pack and it paid off, as Stefan Fox slammed home their first.

Sutton then hit an equaliser when Ian White buried a short corner. It looked for all the world as if they would take all three points, but they couldn’t find a winner.

ALFORD & DISTRICT 6

SPALDING 5th 0

YOUTHFUL Spalding showed great spirit despite this heavy loss.

Spalding had to defend well from the off, keeping out Alford in the early stages. They settled down and played some nice hockey, but Alford took the lead mid-way through the first half.

Spalding took the game to Alford after the break, but couldn’t finish the chances they were creating.

Alford scored a further five towards the end of the game to secure an emphatic success.

SPALDING POACHERS 3rd 0

SPILSBY 2

SPILSBY took the lead early in the first half against the run of play with two goals.

The Poachers battled hard and even though they had the majority of possession in their half, they were unable to capitalise, mainly due to an excellent Spilsby keeper.

LONG SUTTON LADIES 1st 1

NEWMARKET LADIES 1st 2

SUTTON were left frustrated by this defeat.

Newmarket took the lead mid-way through the first half, but Sutton equalised soon after with player of the match Mel Ludlam scoring from a short corner. From then on Sutton never really kicked on and they were hit by a late breakaway winner.