HOCKEY: Spalding finally get up and running

Silky skills: Slick Ramgarhia took advantage of Long Sutton's poor discipline at the Peele Leisure Centre on Saturday. One of their players is pictured on the ball in the 2-0 away win. Photo (MIKE DAVISON): SG0612-05MD (to order visit www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto or call 01775 765433)
Silky skills: Slick Ramgarhia took advantage of Long Sutton's poor discipline at the Peele Leisure Centre on Saturday. One of their players is pictured on the ball in the 2-0 away win. Photo (MIKE DAVISON): SG0612-05MD (to order visit www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto or call 01775 765433)

After three losses on the spin, Spalding Hockey Club men’s 1st team finally broke their Division 2N duck on Saturday.

Spalding’s top team turned in the best performance of the season as they saw off Harleston Magpies 3rd 4-1 at Glen Park, jumping above them in the table to boot.

Danny Shardlow thumped home the opener, before Glenn Perkins doubled the lead. Magpies pulled one back in the second half, but Perkins and Michael Morris struck to seal a maiden win.

It wasn’t such a great day for Long Sutton 1st in Premier B though, as they crashed 2-0 at home to Ramgarhia 1st.

Both skipper Jimmy Harrison and Andy Shore spent time in the sin bin as a top keeping display from Jake Loweth failed to stop the skilful visitors from taking the points.

There was goals galore in Division 4NW as Spalding’s 2nd and 3rd teams squared off in an eight-goal thriller.

The 2nd team took the spoils 5-3 at Surfleet, with a Graham Doades double putting them 2-0 up. Goals from Herbert Ushewokunze and Ryan Mountney levelled for the 3rd team, only for Pete Wright to restored the 2nd’s advantage.

The second half saw Keith Stennett and James Lowson put the 2nd team 5-2 up, rendering Ushewokunze’s second mere consolation.

Elsewhere, Spalding 5th climbed up to third in Division 6NW (N) with a cracking 1-0 success over Horncastle 2nd.

The combination of senior and junior players worked really well for Spalding, who were indebted to a number of fine first-half saves from keeper Max Pearce.

Their winner arrived after the switch around, as Sam Darling slipped in Sam Sly to finish calmly.

Just above Spalding in the standings are Long Sutton 3rd, who bossed their all-club affair against Long Sutton 4th. With no quarter given by either side, strikes from Matt King (2), Brad Sargeant, Dan Fisher and Jack Smith secured a fine 5-1 victory.

The 3rds didn’t have it all their own way, as Sutton 4th replied through Russ Brockwell. Harry Thorpe also put in a top show to secure the 4th team player of the match award.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY: Table-topping Spalding Poachers 1st kept their winning run going with a 5-2 win at Louth 1st.

Player-of-the-match Kelly Slater put Spalding two goals up – and although the hosts hit back, a Karen Timby penalty made it 3-1 at the break. Jacqui Hunter slotted number four, before Louth pulled one back.

Timby had the last word from a short corner, making it four wins from as many games in their new surroundings of East Women’sLeague Division 2NW.

It wasn’t such a good day for Spalding Poachers 2nd in the Cambs Ladies’ League Premier Division, though. They are bottom after a 4-0 beating at leaders. Newmarket 1st.

However, Spalding Poachers 3rd got their Cambs Ladies’ League Division Two campaign up and running with a 5-1 triumph at Ely 3rd. Despite having just ten players, an 
incredible individual display from Alex Allwight saw her bag all five goals.

Meanwhile, a good team display yielded nothing for Long Sutton 1st. They went down 3-0 at Harleston Magpies 2nd in in East Women’s League Division 1N, shipping one in the first period and two after the break on a sand-based pitch. Hannah Greenacre was Sutton’s player of the match.