Round-up of the action from Spalding Hockey Club
Spalding Ladies produced their best performance of the season to maintain their unbeaten start with an eight-goal victory at St Neots on Saturday.
They have now won their opening three games of the Division 2NW season while scoring a total of 13 goals in the winning run.
Charlotte Maplethorpe got herself on the scoresheet first with a one-touch strike into the goal.
Angel Harkus followed close behind with a good finish to double the advantage, before Maplethorpe got her second with a similar finish to her first.
Amy Naylor made it four with a well-positioned tap into the goal before Maplethorpe completed her hat-trick just ahead of Hennie Boekestyn, putting Spalding 6-0 up after a brilliant shot at the goal.
St Neots were then awarded a penalty flick just before half-time despite the best efforts of Sally Pilgrim, but Abbie Hodget produced a superb save to keep the hosts at bay.
Georgina Maplethorpe and Ellie Holland linked well for the latter to score Spalding’s seventh, before Harriet Mowbray completed the scoring after converting a fine pass from Boekestyn.
It was a brilliant overall performance from the whole team, with Boekestyn being named player of the match for her great running and strength on the ball.
Spalding Ladies 2nds also have maximum points after a 2-0 away win at Ely City.
The first half saw the team getting to grips with the play of the pitch and, despite Spalding dominating most of the play in the opposition’s quarter, they were unable to capitalise.
A thunderbolt strike from Karen Timby put the ladies into the lead just before half-time after another penalty corner was awarded.
The whole team fought tirelessly to press and attack and were rewarded with a fantastic goal from captain Zoe Moore, who got a great touch on a powerful shot into the D from Lauren Spenceley.
Player of the match was awarded to Maisie Foden for her excellent dominance on the wing and determination to win the ball.
The local derby between Spalding Ladies 3rds and Bourne Deeping 2nds didn’t disappoint despite finishing goalless.
Both sides fielded a beautiful blend of youth and experience which ensured they played end to end with plenty of action, drama and attempts on goal.
It didn’t take long before Spalding’s defence was under pressure, and new keeper Freya Lee made a crucial save.
When the defence were able to get the ball forwards, the midfield made some super breaks as Milly Hastings and Tabitha Dunnett were explosive in their movement towards the goal and often linked nicely with Sam Foston.
Bourne Deeping constantly attacked and were awarded many short corners that Spalding defended successfully.
Just before half-time, Spalding were awarded two penalty strokes. However, the Bourne keeper made some great saves.
With the work rate high, Spalding were not able to convert any of the short corners they were awarded but didn’t stop trying.
A last attempt on goal by Alex Petty went just wide as Spalding secured a crucial point.
Spalding’s men’s first team completed a hat-trick of wins in Division One North after a 2-1 home victory over
In the pouring rain, Spalding went ahead with a short-corner routine calmly converted by Stuart Cunnington.
As the weather worsened, a determined Pelicans side levelled before half-time.
The second half started in good spirits for Spalding as Jacob Baker executed a perfect finish one-on-one with the keeper to put the home side back in front.
From then on it was a backs-to-the-wall performance for Spalding as Pelicans didn’t relieve the pressure.
However, after a strong defensive showing and a cracking performance from man of the match Nathan Davy, Spalding held out to maintain their winning
Spalding 2nds are still seeking their first points in Division 2NW after a hard-fought two goal defeat at City of Peterborough 3rds.
In fairness, Peterborough probably deserved the victory on the balance of chances. However, goalless up to 50 minutes, the game was very much up for grabs and Spalding equally had opportunities to take the
Man of the match was unanimously awarded to Harry Blackman for his tireless work-rate in the centre of midfield.
Spalding 4ths scored a last-gasp goal to secure a 3-2 win over Ely City 2nds.
They started the game strongly with some good attacking play, but went a goal down midway through the first half.
Spalding stayed strong, with Harry Naylor having a great reverse strike which unfortunately hit the post.
He soon came back to receive a good ball at the top of the D from Tim Amess to score Spalding’s first goal.
After half-time, Harry Maplethorpe received the ball wide from a long corner and passed to Tim Amess, who took a great strike from the top of the D to put Spalding 2-1 up.
Despite some great defending, Ely scored their second goal to level the game before Maplethorpe got an unlucky yellow card, leaving Spalding with 10 men for the last five minutes.
This didn’t stop them though, as Dave Burrell collected the ball in front of the goalkeeper and scored from the floor in the last few minutes to win the game.