Cambs Uni 3rd 8 Spalding 1st 1: SPALDING’S one-season stay in East League 2N is over after this heavy loss saw their relegation confirmed.
Hill’s-sponsored Spalding travelled to Cambridge knowing that only a win would keep them in with a chance of staying up after their promotion last year.
But instead they slumped to their heaviest loss of the season, although Glenn Perkins got them off to a dream start with a goal inside 30 seconds.
The lead was short-lived though, with the University turning the game around to lead 3-1 at the break.
The second half saw more of the same from Cambridge, who had the lion’s share of possession and their movement off the ball continuously caused Spalding problems.
They added five more goals to pile on the misery for the away side.
DEREHAM 1st 3
LONG SUTTON 1st 1
SUTTON went down to the Premier B leaders – but a spirited performance means they go into their last few fixtures with plenty of confidence.
Gary Hales was denied by some sharp goalkeeping early on, before Dereham applied some pressure and were rewarded by two quick-fire goals.
The home team then had the chance to put the game beyond Sutton, but keeper Jake Loweth saved a penalty stroke.
Sutton were much-improved after the break, but they shipped a third when Dereham scored after what many in the away camp considered a blatant attacking stick tackle.
This galvanized Sutton, who forced a number of corners before Jeremy Watt lashed home their consolation.
SPALDING 2nd 6
BOSTON 1st 3
NINE goals were scored as Spalding closed the gap on rivals Boston to just two points.
After starting the 4NW clash well Spalding fell behind, but goals from Chris McKenna and then Will O’Donovan put the hosts 2-1 up at the break.
Boston equalised early in the second period, but this was the wake-up call Spalding needed and they managed to score four goals in five minutes to ensure the victory.
Richard McKenna restored the lead with his first of the season, followed by O’Donovan, Pete Wright and Mark Smith Hughes. Boston hit a late consolation, but it mattered little.
ST NEOTS 3rd 4
SPALDING 3rd 7
SHAUN Dewing marked his return from injury with a four-goal haul.
Lowly St Neots took the lead, but Dewing levelled from a penalty corner and then rounded the keeper to make it 2-1.
The Saints hit back, but Spalding went 4-2 up through James Stone and Martin Pocklington before the break.
Stuart Perkins increased Spalding’s lead in the second period, but St Neots pulled one back when Jeff Pocklington was sin binned for a mistimed tackle. However, Dewing struck twice more to seal the win, before the Saints hit a late fourth.
SPALDING 4th 3
LONG SUTTON 4th 2
SPALDING completed the season’s double over local rivals with goals from Tom Shinkins, James Barkworth and Darren Willson.
All of the goals came in the first half, with the scores tied at 2-2 at one stage.
SPALDING POACHERS 1st 7
ST IVES 2nd 0
SEVEN-UP Poachers produced a super showing.
Player of the match Kelly Slater struck twice early on to make it 2-0 at half time.
Annie Dalton tapped home the third, before Karen Timby and Naomi Smith got on the scoresheet. Goals from Laura Watling and Steph Wilson completed the rout.
SPALDING POACHERS 2nd 12
NICOLA Bradley and Helen Jex bagged four goals each as Poachers hit double figures.
Bradley opened the scoring in the first minute and Spalding never looked back.
Further goals from Jex (2), Alison Wild, Jex and Bradley (2) made it 6-0 at the break.
It was much the same after the interval, with Jex (2), Karen Thorold, Kelly Varley, Bradley and Kate Woolley completed the scoring.