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Unbeaten Spalding Ladies continued their relentless march towards East League Division 2NW honours after another emphatic win on Saturday.

They recorded a 13-0 victory over St Ives 2nds for their eighth successive league win which leaves them five points clear at the top of the table.

Charlotte Maplethorpe led the scoring spree with four goals while Harriet Mowbray hit a hat-trick with Hermione Wright and Maddie Haunch both netting twice with Hennie Boekestyn and Ellie Holland also on target.

Spalding 2nds v Bourne Deeping 2nds ladies hockey action. Photo: Adam Fairbrother (53158414)
Spalding 2nds v Bourne Deeping 2nds ladies hockey action. Photo: Adam Fairbrother (53158414)

Spalding had started strongly with a clean pass from Jess Ball finding its way to Charlotte Maplethorpe who rolled it around the keeper for her first goal.

The second goal came from Haunch running along the baseline and slotting the ball to Mowbray on the back post who produced a brilliant finish.

Spalding then won a short corner which was scored by Wright who reverse flicked it past the keeper and into the back of the net.

Spalding 2nds v Bourne Deeping 2nds ladies hockey action. Photo: Adam Fairbrother (53158413)
Spalding 2nds v Bourne Deeping 2nds ladies hockey action. Photo: Adam Fairbrother (53158413)

Haunch then received a rebound off the post which she neatly slotted against the opposition’s backboard.

Mowbray’s second goal and Spalding's fifth came from her driving down the wing that was finished with a strong slap across the D into the back corner of the goal.

They confidently converted again after the break with great passing in the middle by Georgina Maplethorpe and Megan Moore, working the ball up to the D where Mowbray spun it around the keeper to complete her hat-trick.

Spalding 2nds v Bourne Deeping 2nds ladies hockey action. Photo: Adam Fairbrother (53158412)
Spalding 2nds v Bourne Deeping 2nds ladies hockey action. Photo: Adam Fairbrother (53158412)

Boekestyn then ran along the baseline before passing to Charlotte Maplethorpe who put Spalding 7-0 up.

Spalding’s eighth goal was scored by Boekestyn after receiving the ball in the D from Georgina Maplethorpe and finishing with a great shot past the keeper.

The goal spree continued as a strong run down the line by Angel Harkus saw the ball hit towards the back post where Wright netted her second goal.

Haunch then produced an amazing run past the opposition’s defence before finishing off with a goal to put Spalding into double figures.

Charlotte Maplethorpe then had a great shot on goal, resulting in Mowbray attacking the rebound to score Spalding’s 11th of the afternoon.

Holland then got herself on the scoresheet with a great run past the opposition before finishing strongly with the ball slotting straight past the keeper.

Spalding 2nds v Bourne Deeping 2nds ladies hockey action. Photo: Adam Fairbrother (53158411)
Spalding 2nds v Bourne Deeping 2nds ladies hockey action. Photo: Adam Fairbrother (53158411)

To finish off the match, Charlotte Maplethorpe brilliantly skilled her way past two of the defenders, leading to another goal for Spalding and a full-time result of 13-0.

There was also brilliant play in defence by Claire Hindmarsh and Evie Maltby to keep a clean sheet, along with Abby Hodgett’s goalkeeping. Ball was player of the match for her solid play in the middle.

Spalding 2nds maintained third spot in Division 3NW after a two-goal home derby victory over Bourne Deeping.

They showed their determination from the start with Sally Pilgrim at centre back and player of the match Freya Lee in goal ensuring Bourne Deeping were unable to fire any shots past the dynamic duo.

Karen Timby was unlucky to have a goal disallowed yet her speed and skill still ensured she put the opposition under pressure in the midfield alongside Roz Dennis and Zoe Moore.

Maisie Foden made some spectacular runs down the wing, feeding Amy Naylor and Kate Amess who both fought tirelessly to get the ball into the goal alongside the fearless Erin McMurray.

Spalding 2nds v Bourne Deeping 2nds ladies hockey action. Photo: Adam Fairbrother (53158410)
Spalding 2nds v Bourne Deeping 2nds ladies hockey action. Photo: Adam Fairbrother (53158410)

Naylor was eventually rewarded with a goal assisted by Moore, closely followed by Lauren Spenceley taking the score to 2-0.

Spalding were unable to convert any penalty corners and lost Timby in the second half due to a green card.

Despite this, the team pulled together and maintained their winning style as Samantha Maltby and Pippa Bembridge pushed high as defenders to put even more pressure on the away team while Sophie Smith held the back alongside Pilgrim.

Spalding 3rds showed plenty of promise despite a narrow 2-1 defeat against Shefford and Sandy.

They got off to a positive start with Samantha Foston dribbling through the opposition and heading towards goal but they were able to block her out before she entered the D.

A physical game saw the dynamic Sharon Amess all over the pitch intercepting many of the balls and helping keep goals away.

Spalding 2nds v Bourne Deeping 2nds ladies hockey action. Photo: Adam Fairbrother (53158409)
Spalding 2nds v Bourne Deeping 2nds ladies hockey action. Photo: Adam Fairbrother (53158409)

Spalding welcomed back Rachel Perkins into defence and she linked well with Lisa Dean and Tabitha Dunnett either side of her.

It was end-to-end play that involved everybody, including the youngsters who showed the talent that is coming through the club.

A brilliant debut for Emily Wright alongside excellent play from Camille Rogers, Chloe and Honor Pearson.

Shefford and Sandy snuck through to score first but before half time a superb strike at the top of D from player of the match Alison Willson ensured it was 1-1 at half-time.

After the break, Shefford and Sandy proved why they are just above the Spalding side in the table as they scored from a deflected short corner that stand-in goalie Lisa Ceaser could not keep out.

Midfielder Elaine Allen battled throughout the game by often linking with forward Charlotte Morris but sadly the draw could not be grabbed before the final whistle.

Spalding 2nds v Bourne Deeping 2nds ladies hockey action. Photo: Adam Fairbrother (53158408)
Spalding 2nds v Bourne Deeping 2nds ladies hockey action. Photo: Adam Fairbrother (53158408)

Stuart Cunnington cracked a hat-trick as Spalding bounced back from last week's first defeat of the season with a 5-4 away win at Bury St Edmunds on Saturday.

They had to overcome the early loss of two key defenders to the hamstring curse in the space of two minutes in the first half and this effected their rhythm, formation and play.

With players adjusting to new positions, Bury pressed Spalding into errors and they took an early 1-0 lead.

Spalding re-grouped in the East League Division One North match and soon equalised with a Joe Rogers penalty corner.

This saw Spalding kick into action and they further increased their lead with two goals from the stick of Cunnington, both from penalty corners, as they saw out the half to lead 3-1.

Spalding started the second half on the front foot and thought they had increased their lead to 4-1 through George Halgarth’s deadly finish at the back post, however, the decision was to award a penalty corner instead.

Spalding 2nds v Bourne Deeping 2nds ladies hockey action. Photo: Adam Fairbrother (53158407)
Spalding 2nds v Bourne Deeping 2nds ladies hockey action. Photo: Adam Fairbrother (53158407)

Spalding did extend their lead through a brilliant team goal from James Mayhew assisted by Halgarth.

However, they took their foot off the gas and allowed Bury back into the game and some slack defending and lack of discipline saw the match turn and become 4-4.

A frantic end to the game followed and with two minutes left and Spalding pressing for the winner a frantic goalmouth scramble saw the ball fall to the stick of Cunnington who rifled the ball into the net to complete his hat-trick and see Spalding take the lead and win 5-4.

Spalding 2nds finally got their first win of the Division Two North season after a 5-2 victory over City of Peterborough 4ths on Saturday.

A quiet first half with both teams creating chances but not finishing them ended level at 0-0.

After the even start it was Spalding who scored first only to be pulled back to 1-1.

Spalding 2nds v Bourne Deeping 2nds ladies hockey action. Photo: Adam Fairbrother (53158406)
Spalding 2nds v Bourne Deeping 2nds ladies hockey action. Photo: Adam Fairbrother (53158406)

They again took the lead at 2-1 but the visitors replied to level once again.

Finally putting away the chances, Spalding pulled away with better passes and control than shown in previous weeks.

This result gives the team a positive base to build upon in the coming weeks as the win was secured by goals from Sam Sly, Tim Maltby, Steve Rogers, Harry Blackman and Daniel Plant.

Spalding 4ths edged a close contest with St Neots 2nds in their Division 4NW meeting on Saturday.

The game started equally with both Spalding and St Neots having some chances early into the contest.

Willem Borst was given a green card from a questionable bad tackle and St Neots were able to capitalise with a goal.

Spalding 2nds v Bourne Deeping 2nds ladies hockey action. Photo: Adam Fairbrother (53158405)
Spalding 2nds v Bourne Deeping 2nds ladies hockey action. Photo: Adam Fairbrother (53158405)

From this, Spalding battled back with some good hockey and Matt McManamon-Cookson was able to pass the ball across the D where Tiago Read found the goal making it 1-1.

After half-time, Spalding pressed the attack and soon gained a penalty corner, from which Ben Scholes was able to slip the ball to Borst who slotted in their second goal to make it 2-1.

After going behind, St Neots pressed heavily on the attack, but Spalding were able to hold them with great defending by David Dorey, Martin Perkins, Dean Crookell and Harry Maplethorpe.

Unfortunately, St Neots continued to press and were able to find a way past the defence to level the score at 2-2.

Not to stand by and watch, Spalding were eager to score another goal and, with some great passing play, they were able to earn a short corner.

From an injection by Perkins, Scholes was able to strike the ball hard into the bottom corner to put Spalding back on top at 3-2.

Spalding 2nds v Bourne Deeping 2nds ladies hockey action. Photo: Adam Fairbrother (53158404)
Spalding 2nds v Bourne Deeping 2nds ladies hockey action. Photo: Adam Fairbrother (53158404)

They then held on for the last few minutes to come out victorious.

Spalding 5ths had a 5-0 walkover win against Cambridge Nomads 4s who conceded their Division 6NW match.

The victory was Spalding's eighth of the season and leaves them top of the table with an unblemished record.

Spalding 2nds v Bourne Deeping 2nds ladies hockey action. Photo: Adam Fairbrother (53158403)
Spalding 2nds v Bourne Deeping 2nds ladies hockey action. Photo: Adam Fairbrother (53158403)
Spalding 2nds v Bourne Deeping 2nds ladies hockey action. Photo: Adam Fairbrother (53158402)
Spalding 2nds v Bourne Deeping 2nds ladies hockey action. Photo: Adam Fairbrother (53158402)
Spalding 2nds v Bourne Deeping 2nds ladies hockey action. Photo: Adam Fairbrother (53158401)
Spalding 2nds v Bourne Deeping 2nds ladies hockey action. Photo: Adam Fairbrother (53158401)


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