HOCKEY: Sutton deliver a glimpse of best

Spalding Poachers 3rd: Back (from left) - Sam Cambell, Kelly Varley, Sam Maltby, Madeleine Oldfield, Roza Calman Rosa ,Marilyn Perkins, Frances Dalton; front - Elaine Allen, Belinda Providence, Phelicia Moore, Beth Devey, Maisie Dobbs and Karen Barkworth (keeper). Photo supplied
Spalding Poachers 3rd: Back (from left) - Sam Cambell, Kelly Varley, Sam Maltby, Madeleine Oldfield, Roza Calman Rosa ,Marilyn Perkins, Frances Dalton; front - Elaine Allen, Belinda Providence, Phelicia Moore, Beth Devey, Maisie Dobbs and Karen Barkworth (keeper). Photo supplied
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LONG SUTTON 1st 4 HARLESTON MAGPIES 2nd 2: SUPER Sutton put in their finest Premier B performance of the season on Saturday as they showed what they’re capable of.

Although they trailed Magpies 1-0 at half time, Sutton exploded into a frenzy of exhilarating hockey in the second period.

Andy Shore levelled things up after good work from Nick Bailey, before Gary Hales slotted home their second. Nick Ellis then fired a scorching third, but the best was saved for last.

Ellis, Shore and Will Cook combined superbly, allowing Hales to finish off a goal of the season contender superbly.

Harleston pulled one back late on, but it failed to taint a stunning team showing.

SPALDING 1st 4

CAMBS SOUTH 1st 2

TWO late strikes secured Spalding victory in this top of the table clash.

Within 15 minutes Spalding had built up a two-goal lead with a ferocious reverse stick volley from Russell Watts and a clinical strike from Danny Shardlow.

Cambs reduced the arrears with a deflected shot before the break and then levelled matters mid-way through the half, despite some top saves from Richard Price.

Spalding found their rhythm in the last ten minutes and, after some good work by Glenn Perkins and Peter Wright, Watts put the home side ahead. Shardlow then added the fourth with a well-taken short corner on the final whistle.

ST IVES 2nd 4

LONG SUTTON 2nd 3

DEPLETED Sutton made a good fist of it in this seven-goal cracker.

With St Ives boasting two first team players in their side, it was a tough task. They soon went ahead, but Ben Shore hit back to level immediately.

Two well-executed short corner strikes put the hosts 3-1 ahead, only for Shore’s drag flick and Jason Mallet’s strike to level things up again.

The Saints did fire a winner with 20 minutes to go, but Sutton can be proud of their efforts, with Mallet, Shane Thompson and Lee Cousins stepping up to the plate well from the lower teams.

NEWMARKET 1st 6

SPALDING 2nd 1

SEVEN proved unlucky for Spalding as their winning streak came to an end against the leaders.

Having won seven on the bounce, Newmarket were rampant in the first half and could have been more than 4-0 up if not for captain Mark Smith-Hughes.

Graham Doades notched after the break, but Spalding were eventually hit for six.

GRANTHAM 1st 3

LONG SUTTON 3rd 0

LEADERS Grantham avenged their only defeat of the season as they put Sutton to the sword.

Hopes were high of a Sutton double, but a pre-match injury to Nick Worth didn’t help their hopes and he departed after 25 minutes of play.

Grantham only led 1-0 at the break, before adding a double after the interval.

Dave Maris, Brad Sargeant and man-of-the-match Calvin Bishop shone for Sutton.

SPALDING 3rd 4

MARCH 3rd 2

SPALDING remain in the promotion hunt after edging out March.

Herbert Uzhewakunze opened the scoring, before Shaun Dewing’s brace put Spalding 3-0 up.

Marched fired two past man-of-the-match keeper Ian Ceaser, but Tim Maltby struck to seal the win.

ALFORD 2nd 7

SPALDING 5th 3

SPALDING were never outclassed despite shipping seven goals.

They trailed 3-1 at the break, with Kieren Scholes the Spalding scorer.

Dom Uglow pulled another back in the second half, while Hector Moore’s late consolation was the goal of the game.

SPALDING POACHERS 1st 2

RUTLAND 1st 1

POACHERS are now just two points off top spot after this fine win.

Rutland led 1-0 at the break, although Karen Timby went close on a number of occasions.

Emma Dalton eventually deflected home a leveller for Poachers, who then won it in the dying seconds when Timby fired in a short corner.

LONG SUTTON LADIES’ 1st 2

CITY OF PETERBOROUGH LADIES’ 2nd 2

A LATE penalty kick failed to stop Sutton going top of the table.

The City side started the better and took the lead from a short corner, making it 1-0 at the break.

In the second half Sutton tore apart the Peterborough defence and created numerous goal scoring chances – with two goals coming.

Sarah Walker slotted the leveller, before a brilliant solo run and finish from Leanne Woodhead fired them ahead.

Player of the Match Jess Hudson was unlucky to see her amazing run end with a shot off the post, before Peterborough piled on the pressure late on and grabbed a leveller.

CAMBS NOMADS 2nd 1

SPALDING POACHERS 2nd 1

HIGH-FLYING Poachers battled back to earn a deserved draw.

Despite great play by keeper Kathy Martindale, Eva Keyes, Leanne Pick and newcomer Rebecca Warr, Nomads led at the break.

Spalding pushed for a leveller and were rewarded by Karen Thorald’s cheeky finish.

RUTLAND LADIES’ 2nd 4

SPALDING POACHERS 3rd 2

USING a new formation, Poachers put in a promising display.

Sam Campbell found the net as Spalding trailed 3-1 at the break, but they improved after the break and Beth Davey scored her second goal in as many weeks.

But Rutland had another goal up their sleeve and secured the win, despite the efforts of player of the match Frances Dalton.