HOCKEY: Spalding’s top two fire goals galore in big wins

GET IN! Spalding 1st celebrate one of their nine goals against Wisbech 2nd on Saturday. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG080214-114NG
GET IN! Spalding 1st celebrate one of their nine goals against Wisbech 2nd on Saturday. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG080214-114NG

No less than 19 goals were plundered by Spalding Hockey Club’s rampant top two teams in East Men’s Hockey League on Saturday.

Runaway Division 2N leaders Spalding 1st smashed Wisbech 2nd 9-0 at Glen Park, while Division 4NW table-toppers Spalding 2nd trounced hosts Cambs South 3rd 10-2.

Starting with Spalding 1st, a first-half hat-trick from Glen Perkins and an early opener from Ash Barker put the hosts in firm command at half time.

More of the same followed in the second half, with an unfortunate own goal and a clinical Russ Watts strike making it 6-0. Both were set-up by top scorer Stuart Cunnington.

A Mike Morris double and a strike from captain Josh Rowbottom rounded off the rout, leaving Spalding six points clear with a game in hand.

Spalding 2nd, meanwhile, are four points ahead of the rest after their mammoth victory.Having fallen behind, a whirlwind spell of hockey saw Hector Moore, Graham Doades, Pete Wright and Luke Jackson all notch in the space of four minutes to make it 4-1.

Wright added his second before the break, then notched three more in the second half to make it a fine day individually.

Doades and Dave Burrell completed the scoring.

Elsewhere, Long Sutton 1st were held 3-3 by Cambridge University 2nd after shipping a last-gasp goal. Will Cook and Danny Sisson netted to put Sutton 2-0 up at the break, but Cambs soon levelled it up.

Sisson smashed home his second on the reverse, only for a late penalty stroke to deny them maximum points.

Long Sutton 2nd, meanwhile, battered old foes Bourne/Deeping 4-0 in Division 3NW. Man-of-the-match Adam Wiles notched twice, with Jeremy Watt and Ben Shore also on-target.

In Division 5NW, Spalding 3rd kept their promotion charge alive with a big 6-1 triumph over Bourne/Deeping 4th.

Tim Maltby and Tom Shinkins put them 2-1 ahead at the interval, before Keith Stennett (2), Shinkins again and Rob Tilbrook netted in the second period.

In the same division, Long Sutton 3rd enjoyed a fine 4-1 win over City of Peterborough 8th. Gary Hales was the hero with a devastating hat-trick, while Ed White got in on the act with a super reverse flick.

Down in Division 6NW (N), youthful Spalding 5th were 3-2 victors over Leadenham thanks to Sam Sly’s double and a late Matt Day winner.

It wasn’t a good day for the other two teams in the same division, however, as Long Sutton 4th and Spalding 4th were thrashed.

Sutton went down 6-0 against Bourne/Deeping 5th, with Spalding beaten 3-0 by Grantham 1st.