HOCKEY: Saints feel force of Luke’s treble

Captain marvel Luke Jackson fired a hat-trick to guide Spalding 3rd to a dramatic win over St Neots 2nd in East Men’s Hockey League Division 4NW on Saturday.

It was the perfect way for Spalding and their skipper to sign off for Christmas at Surfleet’s Glen Park – and moves them further clear of the drop zone.

After falling behind to a well-taken short corner, Jackson levelled from a scramble before firing home a neat strike to make it 2-1 to his side at the break.

Jack Drury and Tim Maltby both went close to finding the net, but the Saints hit back to level again before Jackson saved the day with a winner five minutes from time.

Up in Premier B, Long Sutton 1st were on the wrong end of a five-goal thriller at home to Letchworth 1st.

The away side opened the scoring from a rebound, then a penalty corner put Sutton two behind. But they refused to give up and Connor Allen reduced arrears by the break.

Letchworth added a third– and, although Ashley Taylor finished off Andy Shore’s lethal pass, Sutton couldn’t earn a share of the spoils.

Also on losing form were Spalding 1st, who went down 7-3 against Bourne/Deeping 1st in Division 2N.

Dan Shardlow netted a fine treble for Town, but it was a bad day for the team.

The same two clubs clashed in Division 4NW, with Spalding 2nd beaten 1-0 by rivals Bourne/Deeping 2nd. Spalding bossed the match against the league leaders for large periods, but struggled to break through a resolute Bourne/Deeping defence.

Meanwhile, Long Sutton 3rd took the bragging rights in their derby with Spalding 4th in Division 6NW (N).

Alex Canham set up Stefan Fox for the opener in the Peele Leisure Centre derby, before sub Russ Brockwell made it 2-0 with his second touch. After the break Canham got himself on the scoresheet, before player-of-the-match Brockwell added his second. There was still time for Canham to put the gloss on a 5-0 victory.

It wasn’t such a great day for Long Sutton 4th in the same division, as they were hammered 7-0 by Leadenham 1st.

• It was a case of lucky seven for Long Sutton Ladies’ 2nd as they smashed Lincoln Roses 2nd 7-2 on Saturday.

Katie Ireland was the star turn with four goals in the Green League clash – and she got the ball rolling with an opener. Catherine Plumb swept home the second, before Ireland added two more to make it 4-0 at half time.

More goals flowed in the second half, with player-of-the-match Laura Temple bagging twice and Ireland completing her haul. Two Roses goals failed to take the gloss of a top show.

Meanwhile, Spalding Poachers 2nd finally secured their first win of the Cambs Ladies’ League season at the ninth time of asking.

The ever-dependable Christina Dewing ensured that Huntingdon were kept at bay in the Premier Division clash with a number of top saves in the first period, which ended goalless.

Moments into the second half a smashing finish from Karen Thorold delivered the victory Poachers’ play over the season has merited.

There was also a win for Spalding Poachers 3rd in Cambs Ladies’ League Division Two. Alex Allwright helped herself to a hat-trick as they saw off Wisbech 3rd, with Beth Devey the other scorer.