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How have Spalding teams fared so far?




It's been a season of high and lows all throughout the ranks at Spalding Hockey Club.

All of Spalding's hockey teams have enjoyed great seasons with most teams being top-half in their respective leagues.

Spalding hockey Chairman, Elaine Allen, has described the feeling around the club at the moment as a "special" one.

Match action from Spalding 2nd's 5-1 gome win against Cambridge South 2nd on the opening day of the season.
Match action from Spalding 2nd's 5-1 gome win against Cambridge South 2nd on the opening day of the season.

Spalding 1st have enjoyed great success this season with four wins from their seven games this season, and it is enough to see them into fifth place in the league.

They have enjoyed great form as of late, after they went on a three game winning run thanks to wins against: Ipswich-East Suffolk, Waltham Forest and Broxbourne all in convincing fashion.

Spalding hockey Chairman, Elaine Allen, said: "All players were disappointed that all hockey is to be suspended following government guidance in relation to covid 19.

Spalding Ladies 1st in action against their Long Sutton counterparts in a pre-season friendly.
Spalding Ladies 1st in action against their Long Sutton counterparts in a pre-season friendly.

"Especially the Mens 1st who were on a three game winning streak, having scored 17 goals in the last three games, and standing 5th in the highly competitive Prem B league, alongside many London teams.

"They will obviously be trying to continue this form, when back from lockdown.

"They're also good enough to do so, it's a very difficult league, and to be doing as well as they are I'm so impressed by them."

Spalding 2nd have enjoyed a terrific campaign and only lost out on their unbeaten start to the season when they lost to their fierce rivals Long Sutton by a one goal margin.

Spalding Ladies 2nd in action during their 2-0 win over Horncastle last month.
Spalding Ladies 2nd in action during their 2-0 win over Horncastle last month.

A terrific campaign from Joe Higgins, Robin Edlington and Steve Rogers has seen them tied on three goals for the season, and thus the top scorers in the side so far.

Spalding 3rd are in similarly great form after a terrific start to their season, as they sit in second in the league with only Horncastle ahead of them.

Their only loss of the season came against a well-drilled City of Peterborough side, who sit one place below them in third.

Their most recent results included a terrific 13-1 win against Bourne Deeping which was followed up by at comprehensive 4-2 victory against Cambridge South.

Spalding 4th are sitting in third place in the league, with two wins from four games this season.

They began the season with a 4-2 loss to Alford and District, but then proceeded to get a draw and two wins in their next three games, including 7-0 win against Wisbech last week.

Meanwhile, their 5th team is in the same league, and is currently sitting one place below them in fourth, having played one game less.

They are unbeaten this season with two wins and one draw, which included a most recent 2-0 victory away to Bourne Deeping.

Spalding Ladies 1st endured a very tough start to the season as they went on a four game losing run.

But, a resurgence in the last few weeks has led to the Ladies picking up a point against Cambridge University, which was followed by them grabbing all three against Cambridge City with a 2-1 win.

Allen said: "The Ladies 1st had just secured their first victory of the season with an excellent win against Cambridge 4s who are 3rd in the Div 2NW league.

"Which is so frustrating for them, because after their poor start to the season, they've suddenly started to pick up some points and now all that momentum has gone.

"But, they've got enough quality in that team, so I think they'll be ready for when they return."

Spalding Ladies 2nd have enjoyed a mixed start to their campaign and currently sit in seventh in the league, with two wins, one draw and three losses so far this season.

Unfortunately for them their last game was an unfortunate tight 1-0 loss to league leaders, City of Peterborough, showing the clear quality within the squad.

Finally, Spalding Ladies 3rd enjoyed a terrific start to the season with two wins and a draw in their first three games.

But, unfortunately for them, that run of form couldn't continue as they went into lockdown with two losses in their last game, as this break comes at a right time for them to regain their composure.

Allen said: "I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the fantastic volunteers who put in an enormous amount of work to get us back on the pitch.

"It's been a lifeline to many players and parents and we have seen record numbers attending training sessions and matches.

"Sport has a huge impact on our mental and physical well being, which is why we will continue, virtually, during lockdown."



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