Round-up of the weekend action from Spalding Hockey Club
Spalding Ladies rounded off a fantastic campaign with a six-goal derby success over Bourne Deeping on Saturday.
The East League Division 2NW champions have won 21 and drawn one of their 22 games this season, scoring 145 goals and conceding just 16.
They were quickly into their stride on Saturday and netted three first half goals with Ellie Holland, Charlotte Maplethorpe and Mia Dewing on the scoresheet.
A 3-0 half-time lead looked to have set the league winners up for a strong result but, despite having much of the possession and creating chances, only three further goals followed from Dewing, Hennie Boekestyn and Maddie Haunch against a resilient Bourne Deeping team.
The final score of 6-0 was comfortable if not always convincing, with Abbie Hodgett in the Spalding goal called on to keep her concentration and make a couple of decent saves to ensure that an 11th clean sheet of the season remained intact.
Player of the match Angel Harkus worked tirelessly throughout and was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet herself. The team wishes her well as she hopes to move on to university next year.
Spalding Ladies’ second team secured a fourth place finish in Division 3NW after a 3-0 home success against Huntingdon.
The visitors were strong down their spine and Spalding pushed against their structure well.
First to score was Kate Amess with a neat tap-in just in front of the keeper.
A second goal came from Lauren Spenceley, who flawlessly took the ball around the defenders to neatly slot it into the goal.
The second half caused some visibility issues as both teams wore dark colours. However, player of the match Erin McMurray needed no support from her team as she dribbled the ball up from the halfway line to defeat the keeper in a one-on-one.
The ladies third team ensured a positive finish to their campaign after a 2-1 away win at City of Peterborough 4ths.
The Spalding side made an excellent start by putting the pressure on Peterborough from the first whistle.
They intercepted the ball quickly and wingers Sophie Wilson, Emily Wright, and Tabitha Dunnett ensured they caused chaos wherever they went.
It wasn’t long before the Peterborough keeper was having to make saves as the Spalding side seemed to be driving down the left and right hand sides confidently, often linking with Samantha Foston and Milly Hastings so that shots were made or short corners awarded.
Peterborough were determined as ever to break quickly and Honor Pearson tracked players successfully, breaking down play and causing the home side to make errors.
Sharon Amess made an impressive tackle to prevent the opposition from scoring. However, the short corner could not be saved and Peterborough led at the break.
Manager Paul Pearson ensured the Spalding side utilised each other’s skills well at the interval and spoke about upgrading everything they did.
This certainly spurred them on and it wasn’t long before the Spalding side were hitting cracking balls in their short corners; however, they were skilfully saved on the line by the defender multiple times.
Down the other end, goalkeeper Christina Dewing was ensuring her defence swept any loose balls out of the D after conceding six corners in a row.
Milly Hastings then pulled Spalding level and gave the team something to fight for.
They were awarded a penalty stroke and captain Charlotte Morris stepped up to take it, but the keeper was just too good.
With minutes to go, Terri Bateman and Stephanie Wilson worked tirelessly and boosted the team’s confidence with their superb passes and balls straight into the D and helped to win another short corner.
Out of nowhere, a beautifully timed strike from player of the match Ali Willson whizzed past the keeper’s feet to make it 2-1 for a well-earned win.
Title-winning Spalding men's first team played out a high-scoring 5-5 draw with the University of East Anglia on Saturday.
A strong start from Spalding was rewarded with a flurry of goals with one outrageous finish by Tom Amess who rifled a reverse stick shot into the top right corner of the goal.
UEA were also gifted a couple of chances which were converted, however, Spalding still finished out on top with the first half ending 3-2.
The second half then began level with both teams fighting for the next goal which Spalding were rewarded with making the score 4-2.
However, UEA came back in quick succession by scoring three goals making the score in favour of the visitors.
Spalding were relentless to take a point from the game and hammered away a last-minute short corner to finally end the game at 5-5.
Stuart Cunnington (2), Joe Higgins and James Mayhew were their other scorers.
The second team were beaten 7-2 at Cambridge City 4ths with the goals coming from Matt Sanders and David Dorey-Rodriguez.
Spalding's fourth team finished the season in style with a 7-1 home success over March 2nds.
They started the game excellently and right from the push back Dave Burrell played the ball to Aaron Scholes who dribbled past multiple players and eventually got a short corner, from which Burrell scored with a now trademark bobble shot.
Unfortunately, Spalding then went through a few minutes of March pressure which led to a goal for the visitors.
The March dominance carried on for 15 minutes until the last third of the half as Spalding gained control and scored four more goals from Graeme Matthew twice, Burrell again and Jason Naylor from another short corner.
The second half continued with the pattern of spells of March pressure and then Spalding dominance, however, the Maroons took their chances well and got two more goals from a penalty stroke from Scholes after Burrell was tripped by the keeper and from Jack Martin who scored from an accurate shot from the top of the D.
Spalding 5ths were awarded a five-goal walkover win after Wisbech 4ths conceded their match.