LONG SUTTON 1st 6 SPALDING 1st 3: SUTTON took the derby spoils as they dumped rivals Spalding out of the HA Cup on Sunday.
Danny Sisson was the star of the Sutton show as he buried a devastating hat-trick, while Gary Hales helped himself to a brace.
Hosts Sutton – who went into the game as massive favourites – were the better side from the off, creating chance after chance before Sisson finally broke the deadlock.
A Josh Fyson thunderbolt from a penalty corner then doubled their money.
Further goals from Hales and Sisson followed, before Michael Morris reduced the arrears from short corner before the break.
Sisson’s hat-trick was complete early in the second period, but the goal of the game arrive afterwards when ex-Spalding ace Hales rocketed one in off the underside of the bar.
Spalding battled on though, and deservedly pulled goals back through Glenn Perkins’ reverse stick strike and a cool Morris penalty.
• THE nine-goal derby came hot on the heels of defeats for Spalding and Sutton’s 1st teams.
Spalding were seen off 2-1 by Peterborough 4th in 2N, while Sutton went down 6-1 in their Premier B tussle at Norwich City 1st.
A reverse stick consolation from Sisson was all Sutton could muster, while Spalding’s sole strike was a spectacular deflection from Danny Shardlow.
It was a much-improved and fighting performance from Spalding, who played some excellent hockey, but their good work was undone in the dying minutes of the match.
SPALDING 2nd 4
CITY OF PETERBOROUGH 7th 3
SPALDING picked up their first win of the season in a thriller.
Peterborough had the better of the early play and broke the deadlock, but Spalding hit an equaliser through an excellent Dick McKenna finish.
The city side restored their advantage before half time, but it was a different Spalding side after the break.
James Lowson calmly slotted the leveller, before Will O’Donovan neatly converted a short corner.
Glenn Perkins then looped home number four, rendering Peterborough’s late third irrelevant.
SPALDING 3rd 5
MARCH 2nd 5
AN INCREDIBLE ten goals were shared as Spalding clinched a point.
Spalding were made to battle hard after going in at half time 3-2 down against an experienced March side.
March fought hard on the break, but it was the efforts of Tim Maltby and Martin Poklington that kept the goals at bay.
A treble from Stuart Perkins helped to level the score at 3-3, but March pressed the Spalding side during the second half and slotted in two more.
But it was Sam Vickers who levelled things up just before the final whistle.
LONG SUTTON 2nd 1
ST IVES 2nd 3
A LACKLUSTRE performance from Sutton ended with the correct result.
Hosts Sutton just weren’t at the races in the opening period and found themselves 3-0 down after some poor defending.
There was a dramatic improvement in the second half, with St Ives not having a single attempt on goal. The change was typified by Stefan Fox, who deflected a fantastic reverse shot into the top corner.
More chances followed, but Sutton were unable to finish any of chances fashioned by man-of-the-match Jeremy Watt.
LONG SUTTON 3rd 2
SPALDING 5th 0
IN-FORM Sutton moved up to second place after a hard-fought derby victory over a young Spalding side.
The game between the two rivals started tremendously, with Spalding battling well against a truly overpowering Long Sutton side.
Brilliant play from Ed Sly and Chris Grooby in defence and a superb string of saves from Max Pearce kept Sutton at bay for a while.
But eventually the pressure told and Scott Ingram scored after some good work by the Sutton forwards.
The points were then secured just before half time, when Edmund White added a dazzling second after a fine individual run.
Sutton were boosted by excellent defensive work from Dave Maris, Nick Worth and man-of-the-match Simon Clarke.
SPALDING 4th 6
LONG SUTTON 4th 1
IT was derby delight as Spalding notched their first win of the season against a youthful Sutton side.
A well-taken goal from Adrian Bettinson put them ahead, then Ryan Mountney made it 2-0 just before the break.
It was 3-0 when Darren Willson notched, then Mountney added his second of the match to make the points safe.
Sutton continued to battle and pulled one back through talented youngster Adam Sisson, but further goals from Julian Higgins and George Swindells added gloss for Spalding.
LONG SUTTON LADIES’ 1st 2
WATTON 1st 1
NEWLY-PROMOTED Long Sutton secured their first win of the season.
A lethargic start saw them go 1-0 down early on, but they made up for it the second half with a nice early goal from Becky Kierman.
Sutton kept the pressure on the Watton defence and got their reward were when Leanne Woodhead notched the winner.
Watton pushed for a leveller, but the Sutton defence remained strong with some fantastic play from Lorraine Wallis and player of the match Jess Hudson.
SPALDING POACHERS 1st 4
ST NEOTS LADIES’ 1st 0
UNBEATEN Poachers continued their impressive winning streak.
Karen Timby opened the scoring from their first penalty corner of the game, making the most of accurate passing between herself and Annie Dalton.
Spalding continued to press in the second half and their perseverance was rewarded when player-of-the-match Tamika Providence scored number two at the back post.
Spalding’s third came when Abby Christen was set up by Sally Pilgrim.
At the other end, St Neots made Christina Dewing work for her third consecutive clean sheet, but she kept them at bay.
In-form Timby then made it four when she converted a penalty stroke late on, sealing a third win on the trot.
SPALDING POACHERS 2nd 1
RUTLAND LADIES’ 1st 3
SPIRITED Spalding pushed a strong Rutland side all the way.
The Poachers fell 1-0 down inside five minutes, but they rallied and played some wonderful hockey. However, two more Rutland goals put the away side 3-0 ahea.
Excellent defensive work from Maisie Dobbs and some magnificent saves from keeper – and player of the match – Becky Warr ensured no further goals were shipped, while Charlotte Morris hammered home a consolation after a perfect pass from Lily Dobbs.
• East Men’s League: Premier B: Long Sutton 1st v Ramgarhia 1st (1pm). 2N: Spalding 1st v Harleston Magpies 3rd (2pm). 4NW: Spalding 3rd v Spalding 2nd (3.30pm); Bourne Deeping 2nd v Long Sutton 2nd (11am). 6NW (N): Boston 2nd v Spalding 4th (noon); Spalding 5th v Horncastle 2nd (12.30pm); Long Sutton 4th v Long Sutton 3rd (2.30pm).
• East Women’s League: 1N: Harleston 2nd v Long Sutton 2nd (1.45pm); 2NW: Louth 1st v Spalding 1st (1pm).