Spalding Ladies find league leaders too clinical

Spalding Ladies v Saffron Walden
Spalding Ladies v Saffron Walden

Spalding Ladies 1, 
Saffron Walden 4

Buoyed by excellent performances the previous weekend, Spalding went into their game against league leaders Saffron Walden in great spirits.

They took the game to the visitors with some fluent hockey in the opening stages but Saffron Walden were useful on the break and opened the scoring after 15 minutes.

Spalding bounced back and Ellie Pybus finished with a neat reverse stick shot to equalise five minutes later.

The home side continued to play excellent hockey and were happy to be on even terms at the break.

End to end hockey was the order of the day in a busy second half but the visitors were more clinical in their finishing and added a further three goals without reply to win 4-1.

*Spalding ladies second and third teams faced each other on Saturday.

Play started well for the seconds who created a lot of the early pressure but seemed unable to beat thirds’ keeper Christina Dewing, who made some fantastic saves.

The seconds took the lead through Keyes and that was the only score of the half.

But, after the break, the seconds began to use more width and played more fluidly. Leanne Pick kept play driving forward and Sam Foston and AJ Bunjan linked up well in the D, creating numerous chances.

Charlotte Maplethorpe, along with Akayla Newton, made some driving runs down the right wing. With both flanks working well, the goals started to come through Bunjan, Foston, Karen Thorold (2) and Annie Price to complete a 6-0 win for the seconds. Player of the Match: Leanne Pick. 

*On Sunday, Spalding ladies second team were in action in the England Hockey 2nd Team Cup second round.

Entertaining Lindum Ladies seconds, Spalding put the visitors under pressure from the off. Lindum too created chances, forcing keeper Bec Howitt to make a couple of excellent saves.

Charlotte Maplethorpe put Spalding 1-0 up before half-time and a second from AJ Bunjans later in the game earned the hosts a well-deserved 2-0 victory. 

The seconds host Beeston Ladies 2 in the next round on Sunday, November 29.