Five-star seconds secure an East Men’s League title

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Spalding 2nds secured the three points they required to clinch the East Men’s League Division Four West title thanks to a 5-0 victory at St Ives 3rds.

Spalding struggled for momentum in the first half and created few chances while at the other end, Richard Price needed to be quick off his line to deny the St Ives attack.

Spalding knew at half-time that they needed to up their game and, while the second period wasn’t exactly vintage hockey, they certainly improved their work-rate and they banged in five unanswered goals.

Glenn Perkins scored the first from a short corner, before an own goal and a James Doolan strike put Spalding 3-0 up.

Perkins scored his second and Spalding’s fourth before Matt Day slotted home to complete the scoring.

Despite late pressure, Spalding could not bring up their 100th goal of the season.

The honour of completing a century will fall to whoever scores their first when they complete their season with a home fixture against Alford and District on Saturday.

Spalding 3rds ended their Division Five North campaign with a 3-1 victory over City of Peterborough 9ths.

A fine all-round performance from the young Spalding team earned them their ninth win of the season and secured three points against a more experienced City side.

Spalding started brightly and were soon knocking the ball around in their usual style.

Several promising attacks were resisted by the visiting defence before James Scott opened the scoring with a crisp shot from inside the circle.

Peterborough bounced back and looked to use the long-ball game but, with Chris Grooby and Max Bodimead in fine form in the Spalding defence they were kept at bay.

With no further score before the break, the second half started in end-to-end fashion and the visitors levelled with a sweet short corner strike from Pete Hinges.

Spalding keeper Jordan Butcher made a great attempt to save but was unable to keep it out.

For a while, the Spalding defence was under pressure but two goals in as many minutes from Dominic Ibrahim, a neat deflected short corner and a cheeky lob, were enough to settle his team.

Spalding controlled the latter stages of the game, playing some composed hockey, and they ended the season in third place.