HOCKEY: Six of the best for Spalding

Spalding ladies youthful third team went to the top of the table by winning at Long Sutton 2nd with another solid performance. With defences on top throughout, it took a moment of magic from Grace Hodgett to break the deadlock. Spalding have now gone three games without conceding a goal and will look forward to extending their winning sequence when they entertain Louth 2nd at Glen Park on Saturday.
Spalding ladies youthful third team went to the top of the table by winning at Long Sutton 2nd with another solid performance. With defences on top throughout, it took a moment of magic from Grace Hodgett to break the deadlock. Spalding have now gone three games without conceding a goal and will look forward to extending their winning sequence when they entertain Louth 2nd at Glen Park on Saturday.

Spalding men’s first team smashed six goals past newly-promoted West Herts 2nd who are still searching their first victory of the campaign.

After defending a number of short corners, Spalding began to increase the pressure and earned themselves a flurry of set-pieces – one of which Joe Rogers converted into the bottom corner of the goal.

Spalding started the second half a bit slowly as West Herts had the majority of the possession until Rogers completed his hat-trick with two open-play

goals in quick succession.

Glenn Richardson missed a flick following a deliberate foul inside the circle.

From this point Spalding controlled the game and Tom Everton made it 4-0 with an easy tap-in at the back post before Stuart Cunnington and Josh Rowbottom completed the scoring.

Man of the match went to James Grant for his solid and vocal perfomance at centre-back.

The second team gained their first win of the season with a 4-0 victory at Wisbech 2nd.

The breakthrough in the first half came as a result of some individual brilliance from Dom Ibrahim as he danced past three defenders and unleashed an effort that the keeper was unable to get anywhere near.

The second came courtesy of Ryan Mountney and after the break Ibrahim doubled his tally. Mountney was not to be outdone, though, with a flick in off the post when the impressive Jacob Baker on his league debut was crudely hacked by the keeper.

The fourth team won 9-0 at Long Sutton 4th thanks to Stuart Perkins (3), Shaun Dewing (2), James Mayhew, Max Bland, Andy Barlow and Darren Willson.

The ladies first team lost 2-0 at Newmarket to end their 100 per cent record.