HOCKEY ROUND-UP: Spalding start on Wright track

ST NEOTS 1st 0 SPALDING 1st 7: PETE Wright plundered a hat-trick as seven-up Spalding made the perfect start in Division 3NW.

The visitors created a host of chances early on before skipper Matt Sanders opened the scoring.

Well-taken goals from Dave Burrell, Dan Shadlow, Russell Watts and a Wright treble then allowed Spalding to romp clear in a 20-minute purple patch.

Watts was excellent on his debut, while the returning Burrell added balance on his return.

LONG SUTTON 1st 1

COLCHESTER 1st 3

SUTTON’S Premier B opener didn’t really go to plan.

Colchester broke the deadlock half way through the first half from a short corner – and that was the only goal of the opening period.

Sutton started the second much better and equalised as Nick Ellis followed up his initial shot to slot home. But they then took their foot off the gas and the away side levelled instantly, before a late breakaway sealed Sutton’s fate.

SPALDING 2nd 4

ST NEOTS 2nd 5

THREE goals in the last ten minutes stunned Spalding in 4NW.

Early St Neots pressure paid off with an opener, but a fine Chris McKenna strike levelled it up. A further Saints strike left Spalding 2-1 down at the break, though.

However, three goals inside five minutes from Glenn Perkins (2) and Graham Doades sent Spalding 4-2 up early in the second period.

It looked all over, but St Neots had other ideas and stole the win.

LONG SUTTON 2nd 1

COP 6th 1

AN awesome keeping display from James Cliff helped Sutton clinch a cracking draw.

This 4NW season opener was largely even, despite Sutton finishing well below the city side last year.

Peterborough took the lead in the second half, but Nick Bailey levelled from a short corner.

Cliff pulled off an amazing penalty save to keep Sutton in the game.

WISBECH 4th 1

SPALDING 3rd 4

A DEVELOPMENTAL Spalding side made a super start in 5NW.

Stuart Perkins put Spalding ahead in the first period but Wisbech bounced back to equalise before the break. In the second half, Spalding played some delightful passing hockey and some excellent finishing from Perkins and youngsters Peter Gray and Reggie Reeves rounded off an excellent game.

SPALDING 4th 7

LEADENHAM 1st 1

CONVINCING Spalding couldn’t have made a better start to their 6NW (N) campaign.

They went 4-0 up with goals from Henry Gibbons (2), Shaun Dewing and Harry Vickers in the first half.

The second half saw Leadenham fight back with an individual goal on the break, but Ryan Mountney, Jo Doolan and another from Dewing eased Spalding home.

ALFORD 2nd 3

LONG SUTTON 4th 1

MATT King’s early goal proved a false dawn for Sutton on Saturday.

The skipper fired his side ahead in the 6NW (N) clash, but Alford hit back on the counter to make it 1-1 at the break. Two second-half strikes killed Sutton off, but winger Calvin Bishop and midfielder Ed White were both excellent.

Ladies’ leagues

LONG SUTTON LADIES 1st 1

SUDBURY LADIES 2nd 1

SUTTON remain unbeaten in East League Division 2NW thanks to a Leanne Woodhead cracker.

The hosts shipped a weak opener on 20 minutes, but dominated from then on. Sutton crashed the ball against the post three times after the break, before Woodhead struck.

Her reverse-stick effort was the least Sutton deserved.

SPALDING POACHERS 2nd 1

HUNTINGDON LADIES 1st 1

SOMETHING had to give as two unbeaten sides clashed in Cambs League Division One.

After enjoying the best of the opening period, goal machine Kate Woolley managed to put her side ahead just before the break.

Lily Dodds and Abby Christen on her debut creating several chances after the interval before Huntingdon fought back to level. Poachers keeper Christina Lowe made some super stops late on.

ST NEOTS LADIES 2nd 2

SPALDING POACHERS 3rd 2

POACHERS were pegged back after a lightning start.

Amber Wild and guest player Marion Perkins fired Spalding into a 2-0 half-time lead in the Cambs Division Two tussle. But St Neots battled back to level after the break.

Player of the match Roza Kelman enjoyed a good game.