In-form Long Sutton 1st produced a stunning performance to hammer Premier B rivals Waltham Forest 1st 7-2 in East Men’s Hockey League on Saturday.
It was 5-0 at half-time thanks to goals from Jimmy Harrison, Charles Hardy (2) and Danny Sisson (2).
Will Cook added number six in between two Forest goals, leaving Sisson to complete his hat-trick to round off a top team display.
In Division 2N, depleted champions Spalding 1st side slipped to only their third loss off the season as Ipswich 2nd beat them 5-4.
Although they fell behind early on, two identical Stuart Cunnington short corner strikes put Spalding 2-1 up at half time. Ipswich soon went ahead at 3-2, only for Harry Vickers to flick an equaliser over the keeper.
When the hosts went 4-3 ahead that man Vickers levelled again, but a further Ipswich goal settled it.
It was a day to forget for Long Sutton 2nd in Division 3NW, as they were thumped 10-0 by leaders March 1st. Only a man-of-the-match show from keeper James Cliff kept the score down.
Spalding 2nd missed the chance to seal the Division 4NW title after being held 2-2 by Bourne/Deeping 3rd. The visitors led 1-0 at half time, only for Pete Wright to level.
Bourne/Deeping then went ahead for a second time, but debutant Matthew Day earned Spalding a deserved share of the spoils.
Meanwhile, Spalding 3rd were beaten 6-4 by Division 5NW champions Cambridge Vets in a real thriller.
Goals from Rob Tilbrook, Peter Gray, Steve Rogers and Tim Maltby ensured that Spalding gave a good account of themselves.
There were plenty of goals in the Division 6NW (N) derby between Long Sutton 4th and Spalding 4th too, as they latter won 3-2. Henry Gibbons, Matt Thorley and Keiran Ibrahim notched for Spalding, with Kane Portass and an own goal the Sutton scorers.
• Long Sutton 2nd’s super run in the HA Plate came to an end with a 5-1 semi-final loss against Brooklands MU 2nd (Manchester).
Nick Bailey netted the sole goal for Sutton early in the second period.