Spalding back on top with gr-eight victory

STALEMATE: Spalding Ladies 2nd had a goalless draw at home to Lincoln 3rd. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG100115-116TW
STALEMATE: Spalding Ladies 2nd had a goalless draw at home to Lincoln 3rd. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG100115-116TW

Spalding Ladies returned to pole position with victory at bottom-of-the-table Ely City.

Good work by Katie Gray enabled Steph Wilson to score from close range after only 16 seconds.

The lead was doubled by Jacqui Hunter after 13 minutes and Georgina Maplethorpe soon made it 3-0.

Gray scored number four and, although Ely pulled two back before half-time, Spalding regained control.

A solo run by Gray allowed Kelly Tuplin to finish with ease then Spalding scored two goals in as many minutes with well-worked short corners converted by player of the match Karen Timby and Gray.

Timby crowned off a superb individual display by making it 8-2 with a fine finish into the corner.

The second team fought out a goalless draw at home to Lincoln 3rd.

Spalding 3rd went down 7-0 at league leaders Lincoln 2nd who also missed two penalties.

The men’s first team saw their match abandoned against Chelmsford 2nd.

During the half-time interval, an away player collapsed with breathing difficulties and paramedics were soon on the scene. He was taken to Peterborough 
Hospital with a broken rib and partially collapsed lung but was reported to be recovering.

Spalding 3rd shared four goals with St Ives 3rd after Harry Bettinson and Sam Sly put them 2-0 up.

Goals by Tom Shinkins (2) and Darren Grooby were enough to give Spalding 3rd victory away to City of Peterborough 6th on Sunday morning to keep them firmly in the promotion chase.

The fifth team thrashed Louth 2nd with goals from Alan Charevicius (2), Andy Barlow (2), Tom Mayhew (2) and Adrian Bettinson.

It was a day to forget for Long Sutton men’s first team who lost 4-0 at Waltham Forest.