Four teams made winning starts on the opening round of fixtures in the Long Sutton Summer Hockey League (sponsored by Abbeygate Rest Homes Limited).
The inaugural match of the league saw a well-drilled and skilful Wisbech 2nd side defeat The Ninjas 4-0 in the Moulton Pool.
A slow start from the Sutton-based Ninjas resulted in them conceding a goal very early in the game and although they tried to pick the game up it was no surprise that the half ended 2-0 to Wisbech.
Although the Sutton side started the second half well, Wisbech capitalised on a defensive mistake to make it 3-0 and then scored a fourth before the end of the game to seal the first points of the league.
Stand-out performances for The Ninjas came from Jeorgia Carr and Lachan Read.
In the same pool, Pete’s Presidential Picks defeated Spalding 1st 4-2.
In what proved a very even match, Spalding twice took the lead but were pegged back by strikes from Katie Ireland and Adam Wiles. Ireland then gave the ‘Pressies’ the lead with a fantastic deflected finish before Becky Kierman finished with style to give the score a more comfortable look.
Both teams played good hockey in a match played in a great atmosphere, with some excellent performances on both sides.
The Pressies’ mix of players worked well together with Jason Mallet, Nick Bailey and Sutton and Spalding old boy Jacob Read working hard for the team.
The Crowland Pool kicked off with Spalding 2nd defeating The Nerd Herd 3-2.
Spalding were 2-0 up at the interval, but The Nerds changed it a round a little in the second half and this paid dividends with Gary Hales and Danny Batten levelling the game.
As the players tired the game swung from end-to-end and it was an own goal that sealed it with the Nerds’ keeper, Josh Thody finishing with his head after his own fine glovework.
The Nerds worked hard against a strong Spalding team with Featherstone, Tanya White and the returning Stu Belding deserving praise.
Next up, Wisbech 1st saw off Sutton Sabres 3-1.
Wisbech started strongly and soon went into a 2-0 lead, but the Sabres worked well and were not overrun by the strength of the Wisbech team.
They got their reward when good work by Emma Howell resulted in ‘goal-machine’ Becky Kierman scoring with a delicate finish over the Wisbech keeper Shepherd.
Wisbech reacted well and went about looking to extend their lead further, but were thwarted by a strong Sabres defensive unit, with Lorraine Wallis in goal and Lisa Baker at centre back performing very well.
The Sabres had chances to draw level, but in the end a short corner finish with the last hit of the game gave the scoreline a comfortable feel.