Round-up of the weekend action from Spalding Hockey Club
Spalding produced another awesome attacking display as their goal-den start to the new season continued on Saturday.
After a strong 9-0 win last weekend, they returned triumphant from their trip to Cambridge Nomads with an 8-1 victory.
In a similar fashion to last week, the team started strongly with their attacking play, managing to put five goals past the opposition in the first half with goals from George Halgarth, Stuart Cunnington, Jacob Baker, Sam Sly and Joe Higgins.
With 5-1 on the board at half-time, the team went into the second half positively. However, it took a while to break away in the second half to get some more goals.
Strong attacking play from Cambridge Nomads in the second half started to test the Spalding defence, with the hosts maintaining possession for a strong majority of the first 15 minutes.
Spalding remained strong in defence and some strong counter-attacks started to break away in the 20th minute of the half, opening the gates once again to put three more goals past the home goalkeeper.
Goals from Tom Amess, Joe Rogers and another for Halgarth ensured the game finished 8-1 with some tired legs showing.
Tim Maltby netted for the seconds in their 5-1 home loss to Kettering, with Harry and Jason Naylor were both on target as the fourth team drew 2-2 at City of Peterborough sixths.
The fifth team match at City of Peterborough eighths was expected to be a close affair with both sides having a similar ratio of youths to adults, which showed as the game progressed in the opening 15 minutes of the first half.
The deadlock continued to the 20-minute mark when Spalding managed to find a breakthrough with a neat pass out to the left wing, swiftly played into the middle of the pitch, on the opposition 23’.
The pass was then quickly played between the Peterborough centre-back and right-back, opening up the space in the D for Tom Pilgrim to take a quickly taken slap shot into the corner.
The floodgates started to open in the next 10 minutes as Spalding’s lead increased to 3-0, with two goals from Cameron Roy.
The first was a mazy dribble into the D from Brendan Atkin that was taken off the stick by Roy, who buried it in the corner.
The second saw a smart dribble by Finley Roy, beating a couple of defenders, before passing to Roy who took the ball turned and pushed it into the bottom corner.
The second half started and continued at a slower pace due to fatigue, but it seemed like the Peterborough team were throwing more players forward, trying to make something out of the game.
The Spalding defence played well to prevent a lot of the Peterborough opportunities, and keeper Oscar Haunch was called into action a couple of times.
In the last 10 minutes, Josh Taylor played a ball through to Pilgrim on the right wing, who let it run past him and hit it first time across the baseline for an easy tap-in for Atkin.
Man of the match in the 4-0 victory was awarded to Taylor for his excellent defending and creation of attacking opportunities.
Charlotte Maplethorpe netted both goals as Spalding Ladies continued their fine start to the new season on Saturday.
They followed up last week's 3-2 away win at Kettering with a 2-0 home victory over Pelicans after making a superb start to the contest.
It took Spalding just 35 seconds to break the deadlock as a perfect ball from Evie Maltby found Maplethorpe whose strike from the top of the D put the hosts 1-0 up.
Maplethorpe was unfortunate with another shot which the umpire decided didn’t quite go over the line, but she soon came back to receive a ball from Megan Moore to score her second.
The defence stayed strong throughout the game and continued to play some fabulous balls to the midfielders and forwards who all created some wonderful chances.
It was an excellent result for the Spalding side with Maltby showing amazing defensive skills and hitting out at the back while Maplethorpe took her goals brilliantly.
The ladies seconds triumphed in the inter-club clash against their third team after running out 4-1 winners.
Both teams came out with energy from the whistle and the seconds were awarded an early penalty corner which saw Karen Timby slipped to Roz Dennis and then received it back to push into the goal.
Both teams kept working hard on the pitch but the seconds kept it in the thirds' D and Erin McMurray capitalised on a pass from Kate Tilbrook with a shot at the corner of the goal to double the lead.
Tilbrook then found herself on the scoresheet just before half-time with a well-worked goal from within the middle of the D after moving around several defenders.
Going into the second half with a 3-1 advantage - Sam Foston had scored for thirds - the ladies went down to 10 players as Sam Maltby was unfortunately given a yellow card for a sliding tackle.
Taking a moment to reform and get set, the seconds managed to net one more goal from Lauren Spenceley who shot at the right post from a short corner and it pinged straight into the goal.
Both teams should be proud of their integrity, teamwork and skills with McMurray being awarded player of the match for her great positioning and running.