HOCKEY: Shaun’s double hat-trick haul as Spalding dominate

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SPALDING 3rd 11 ST IVES 4th 2: GOAL hungry Spalding had the legs to smash 11 as they continued their domination of East League Division 5NW.

The goals flowed from the off, with goal machine Shaun Dewing slotting home his first of an incredible double hat-trick inside five minutes.

Stewart Perkins added a treble of his own, with Ed Hall and Jo Doolan both getting one a piece.

Spalding moved the ball around well, with good performances coming from Martin Pocklington, Tom Bettinson and James Lowson, who held it all together in the middle.

The pace of Tim Maltby and Hall proved just too much for the away team, as Spalding justified their position as league leaders.

LONG SUTTON 1st 2

LETCHWORTH 1st 5

SLOPPY errors and a lack of clinical finishing cost Sutton again.

The hosts started well, but found themselves 3-0 down at the break.

Skipper Jimmy Harrison reduced the arrears with a penalty flick, but the away side soon restored their three-goal cushion. Jamie Featherstone buried a rebound to keep Sutton’s hopes alive, but Letchworth’s fifth ended the contest.

Will Cook was Sutton’s star man.

SPALDING 1st 4

CAMBS SOUTH 2nd 3

SPALDING kept their 100 per cent record alive – but made hard work of their latest victory.

The Hills-sponsored side dominated the opening period, but it was a relief when Danny Shardlow opened the scoring after 17 minutes. Shardlow added to the tally with a well-struck short corner before the break as the home side went in 2-0 up.

South started the second half brightly and reduced the arrears with a brilliant deflected shot.

But Nick Taylor instantly restored the two-goal margin with a neat finish, only for Cambs to hit back.

Pete Wright then pounced on a defensive mix-up to make it 4-2, before a late third for the away side set up a nervy finish.

LONG SUTTON 2nd 2

SPALDING 2nd 3

ROBERT Tilbrook’s second-half penalty flick settled this cracking derby in Spalding’s favour.

In a cracking first half, Spalding skipper Mark Smith-Hughes fired his side ahead, but Ben Shore and Nick Bailey turned the tables and put Sutton ahead.

However, great passing play from William Baker and Ross Gavaghan allowed Chris McKenna to thunder home a leveller before the break.

The second period wasn’t as action-packed, but Tillbrook’s rolled effort proved decisive. Ash Taylor, Shore and Matt Grange played well in defeat for Sutton.

HORNCASTLE 2nd 4

LONG SUTTON 3rd 1

SUTTON took great heart from their performance despite the result.

After an even start with some good hockey played by both sides, Sutton conceded two goals before half time.

A fine finish from Ed White got the away side back in the reckoning, but Horncastle to hit two goals on the break to give the final score a flattering look. Shane Thompson and player of the match David Marris were excellent for Sutton.

LONG SUTTON 4th 1

LEADENHAM 1st 15

GEORGE Smith’s first senior goal was the only Sutton highlight in this heavy defeat.

The young side battled well and restricted Leadenham to a 2-0 half-time lead, with keeper Josh Thody and player of the match Calvin Bishop superb. Thirteen goals flowed after the break, but Sutton never gave up.

RUTLAND LADIES’ 1st 5

SPALDING POACHERS 1st 4

AFTER their county success last week, Poachers came back down to earth with a disappointing defeat.

Spalding started brightly but soon went 2-0 down as Rutland flooded the midfield. However, tactical changes allowed Poachers to get back into the game and a cracking Karen Timby double made it 2-2. It got even better for the Spalding girls, as Jacqui Hunter then fired them ahead.

Rutland equalised early in the second half though, before adding two more to go 5-3 up. Steph Cook pulled a goal back from a short corner, but Spalding couldn’t find another.

LONG SUTTON LADIES’ 1st 0

CAMBRIDGE UNI LADIES’ 2nd 1

SUTTON suffered their first defeat of the season as they shipped only their second goal.

They struggled to make any attacking play during the first period, but player of the match Sally Cade was excellent in defence.

Cambs then went ahead, before Rebecca Kierman, Melissa Ludlam, Sophie Hart and Louise Southgate had numerous attempts on goal without finding the net.

SPALDING POACHERS 3rd 5

RUTLAND LADIES’ 2nd 0

POACHERS’ third string continue to shine in their debut season in the Cambs League.

They led 2-0 at half time thanks to Jo Shinkin and Sam Campbell, with three more following after the interval. Among the scores was new signing Marion Perkins, who added to her tally with a top corner volley.

Player of the match Shinkin and Campbell completed the scoring.

LONG SUTTON LADIES’ 2nd 0

SKEGNESS LADIES’ 1st 3

SKEGNESS ran out worthy winners in a rain-hit clash.

Their decisive passing and fluent play proved hard to overcome as they hit three goals, despite strong performances from Helen Worth and Sam Carr. Sutton’s player of the match was Carr who cleared the line on many occasions. She was supported by Lisa Baker, who had a brave game in goal.