Market Deeping 2nd 2 Spalding 2nd 4: IT’S been a long time coming, but Spalding returned to winning ways with their first triumph since October.
The home side came looking for a way back into the game, winning a series of short corners, but Spalding held firm to lead 3-0 at half time. Deeping did pull one back at the start of the second half but with Marcus Drury putting his body on the line, but they were limited to one. Spalding were able to restore the three-goal cushion with Graham Doades struck a first-time effort past the keeper.
Richard McKenna also found the net at the second attempt moments later from a well-worked short corner, but unfortunately a defender’s foot was confused with an attackers and the goal did not stand.
The home side pulled one back but, Spalding held on.
LETCHWORTH 1st 5
LONG SUTTON 1st 3
AN abject spell cost Sutton dear as they slumped to another East Premier B defeat on Saturday.
Both teams had good chances to take the lead with Sutton grateful to keeper Jake Loweth and the fine reactions of Andy Shore in defence.
A spell of good Sutton pressure then resulted in a string of corners, with Josh Fyson opening the scoring with a thunderous shot. Danny Sisson then added a second to put Sutton 2-0 up at the break.
The second period began with Letchworth increasing their pace and finding their forwards with greater regularity - and five goals in ten minutes turned the game on its head.
Jake Read added a consolation goal for Sutton late on, as his short corner deceived the home keeper
SPALDING 1st 0
IPSWICH EAST SUFFOLK 0
JAMES Doolan missed a glorious late chance and saw a goal ruled out as Spalding were forced to settle for a creditable draw.
Ipswich proved a tough test in a keenly-contested 2N game,with very little between the teams.
Spalding found themselves down to ten men with Stuart Perkins being yellow carded just before the break, but they were the better team in the second half.
Ipswich managed to find the net, only for it to be ruled out. Spalding then had a succession of short corners, with one was being slotted home by Doolan - only for that to be scratched off too.
Ipswich were now hanging on for the draw and they were soon down to nine men, but Spalding unfortunately couldn’t find the elusive goal, with Doolan guilty of missing a late sitter.
LONG SUTTON 2nd 4
ELY 3rd 2
A LIGHTNING start was the catalyst for Sutton’s success.
After two near misses from short corners, Ben Shore swept home the opener before Brad Sargent put Sutton two up. A stylish run and goal from Scott Ingram then saw Sutton take a 3-0 advantage into the half-time break.
But they started the second half slowly and Ely soon reduced the arrears to 3-2.
However, Sutton sealed the win with a fantastic strike.
SPALDING 5th 0
SPALDING found themselves on the wrong end of a real tanning.
They held out early on in this game, but were torn apart by the passing and fast moving hockey that a more experienced Leadenham side played.
Hard work from the Spalding lads wasn’t enough to break the strong Leadenham defence but, to their credit, they battled to the whistle.
SPALDING POACHERS 1st 2
CAMBS LADIES SOUTH 1st 0
ON-SONG Poachers grabbed an impressive victory against a team that had beaten them earlier on in the campaign.
A welcome return for Sally Pilgrim and keeper Kathy Martindale limited the Cambs team, while Laura Watling, Charlotte Morris, Emma Dalton and Nik Bradley excelled at the back.
Spalding’s first goal came from Roz Dennis, after a neat cross from Kelly Slator. Poachers stayed on the offensive and should have won a penalty flick when Jacqui Hunter’s shot was stopped illegally by a player on the line.
Undeterred, Spalding continued their patient flowing hockey and made the game safe when Naomi Smith slotted home Hunter’s pass.
SPALDING POACHERS 2nd 4
SPALDING continued in their winning ways.
Kate Woolley opened the scoring with a well-executed shot, while player of the match Jo Shinkin kept the defence strong and Sam Campbell showed great determination to bury the second goal.
Shortly after Woolley went on to bag her second goal of the game before the break.
March managed to pull one back, but Kelly Varley wrapped up the game up with an impressive strike.
•SPALDING went out of the England U/16 girls KO Competition after a 2-1 penalty flick loss to Norwich City. They drew 3-3 in normal time.
LONG SUTTON LADIES 1st 0
SHEFFORD & SANDY 1st 1
SUTTON suffered late heartache as they shipped a decisive goal in the dying seconds.
Both teams received a team green card in what proved a feisty affair. The first period was goalless, with both teams failing to capitalise on chances.
After the break, Amy Kirkham got taken out by two Shefford and Sandy players - with hospital tests revealing she suffered a horrific dislocated knee and ligament damage. The late goal was harsh on Sutton, with Ali Hobson, Mel Ludlam and Lachan Reed sharing the player of the match award.