Spalding 2nds keep up impressive run against City

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An impressive performance from a rapidly improving Spalding Men’s 2nds saw them defeat Cambridge City Men’s 5ths 5-3.

The win takes them two points clear at the top of Division 4NW in the East Men’s Hockey League.

Cambridge went ahead on five minutes but Spalding levelled with a Glenn Richardson penalty before Glenn Perkins’ short corner made it 2-1.

Richardson scored with a fine solo effort but City side made it 3-2 before a sweet reverse strike from Sam Sly for Spalding.

Sly scored the fifth after Cambridge scored again.

Spalding Men’s 3rds made a great start at second-placed Leadenham 1sts but eventually lost 3-0.

Spalding’s missed chances came back to haunt them as Leadenham scored three goals in quick succession.

Spalding Men’s 4ths were dealt a blow in their clash with Cambridge City Men’s 6ths when Stuart Perkins, who netted five goals the previous week, was injured.

Cambridge proved too strong in the end as they sealed a 2-0 triumph, even though Lawrence Smith-Hughes was dominant in midfield as Spalding pushed their high-flying opponents all the way.

Spalding Men’s 5ths picked up a useful three points at a cold, blow, seaside venue as they saw off Alford Men’s 2nds 3-1.

The win was achieved despite eight regulars being unavailable as Andy Barlow swept home the first goal, with help from a big deflection.

Alex Cunnington doubled the lead in the second half after good work from Cameron Ibrahim and Jack Martin who fired home the third before Alford scored.

In the first round of the National 2nd XI Plate, l Spalding Men’s 2nds won a penalty shoot-out 5-3 against Newmarket Men’s 2nds.

The teams had earlier finished 5-5 in normal time, with James Stone and Joe Higgins scoring for Spalding in the first half,which ended 2-2.

Glenn Perkins, Higgins and a late equaliser from Stone sent the game to flicks where Ian Ceasar saved Newmarket’s fourth flick brilliantly before Darren Grooby converted the winner.