A terrific treble from man-of-the-match Danny Sisson fired Long Sutton 1st to an impressive 6-1 success over Peterborough 2nd in East Men’s Hockey League Premier B Division on Saturday.
Playing the kind of hockey they’ve threatened to produce this season, Will Cook deflected Sutton ahead with a stunning finish.
The sublime Sisson then fired home a quick-fire double to give the visitors a 3-0 advantage – and although Steve Kirkham made a string of saves, the city side pulled one back before the break.
It mattered little though, as Gary Hales notched with his first touch and Sisson rounded off his treble, before Hales completed the rout.
Spalding 1st also enjoyed the joy of six as they hit the top of Division 2N by thumping Norwich City 2nd 6-1.
Stuart Cunnington’s first-half treble put the hosts 3-0 up at half-time at Glen Park. Glen Perkins, the impressive Cunnington and Russ Watts netted after the interval.
The ‘six-sessful’ theme continued with Spalding 2nd, who saw off Cambs Nomads 3rd 6-3 in Division 4NW.
Pete Wright helped himself to a hat-trick for Spalding’s second string in the pouring rain, with Hector Moore and Graham Doades (2) the other goalscorers.
Spalding 3rd went one better, as they hammered St Ives 4th 7-1.
Tom Shinkins (2), Darren Grooby, Peter Gray (2), Kieran Scholes and Tim Maltby netted in the Division 5NW tussle.
Elsewhere, Long Sutton 2nd suffered their first loss of the campaign as Cambridge Ciity 4th handed them a 2-1 reverse in Division 3NW.
After a goalless first period, Cambs took advantage of some sloppy defending to go 2-0 up. Hosts Sutton rallied and Ben Shore pulled one back from a short corner, but they couldn’t find a leveller.
It was a day to forget for Long Sutton 3rd too. They were handed a 5-0 loss at Leadenham 1st in Division 5NW.
There was an all-club affair in Division 6NW (N)– and it was Spalding 5th who edged out Spalding 4th 2-1 at Surfleet.
After a period of pressure Dom Ibrahim finished from close range to put the 5th side 1-0 up, only for an own goal to make it 1-1. But skipper Fred Morris buried a flicked effort sealed the win for the 5ths.
• Spalding Poachers 1st are out of the England Hockey Trophy after they suffered a 5-1 loss against Watton Ladies’ 1st on Sunday.
Although they had plenty of possession, Spalding found themselves 2-0 down at the half-time break.
That became 3-0 before Kelly Tuplin’s powerful strike reduced the arrears.
They couldn’t mount a comeback though, with Watton scoring two more.
A day earlier, the Poachers’ top team were drawing 1-1 against Alford – Tuplin again the scorer – before the game was abandoned due to an injury suffered by an opposition player.
Spalding Poachers 2nd began their campaign in East Women’s League Division 3NW(N) with a 1-1 draw at Skegness Ladies’ 1st, having gone ahead through AJ Gaining.
But Spalding Poachers 3rd went down 4-1 against Spilsby Ladies’ 1st in Division 4NW (N). Samantha Foston was the sole scorer.
There was better news for Long Sutton Ladies’ 1st though, as they smashed Lincoln Ladies’ 2nd 7-0 at the Peele Leisure Centre.
Fiona Gray (2), Rebecca Kierman (2), Leanne Woodhead, Sarah Walker and Tania White all notched in the Division 2NW tussle.