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Round-up of the weekend action from Spalding Hockey Club

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Table-topping Spalding's men's fifth team extended their unbeaten streak with a 2-0 away win at Cambridge Nomads 4ths in Saturday's rearranged East League clash.

They have now won 11 and drawn one of their 12 matches in Division 6NW and have a nine-point advantage over second-placed Ely City 3rds.

The game started slowly with the pitch conditions causing stray passes and mis-controls.

A moment of magic around 25 minutes in saw the keeper beaten at the near post with a lobbed flick from Charlie Smith.

Spalding soon took hold of the game, but the first half did not go without the occasional counter-attack scare.

Spalding, despite being in the lead, came out for the second half a different team.

There was more fluidity and accuracy in their passes and they were more clinical in their attacks.

They extended their lead with a well-worked passing move in the right corner which was slipped out to the top of the D and cracked into the bottom corner by Tom Pilgrim.

Spalding saw out the game in comfortable fashion to continue their winning ways.

Spalding 2nds suffered a 3-1 defeat at Cambridge City Veterans in their rearranged fixture from the first half of the season.

Despite taking the lead from a short corner from the stick of Jacob Drew and dominating the first 20 minutes, some long ball grass hockey got Vets level before the break.

Spalding looked rusty in the second half and chances were few and far between and in truth they were thankful to keeper Callaby for a string of good saves keeping the Vets down to just the three goals.

Spalding go again this week away to league high-riders Kettering looking for a much-improved performance.

Spalding Ladies 3rds were able to build on their pre-Christmas performances as they shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw with Wisbech 2nds.

With availability of players good, captain Charlotte Morris encouraged drive and determination from her players to improve on the 8-1 loss they had endured in the reverse fixture at the start of the season.

Living up to her words, the players showed real passion and took the lead with an Alex Petty goal.

Wisbech levelled the match after half time before Petty put home her second of the game.

Unfortunately, the home team were unable to hang on and had to settle for a point which still shows just how far the team have come under Morris’ guidance.

Freya Lee’s performances are improving week on week as she becomes a real force between the posts and once again gave a player of the match showing.

Spalding Hockey Club's walking hockey group - that was started in April 2019 - is still going strong despite breaks for Covid and adverse weather.

The group plays weekly on Wednesday mornings from 10.30-11.30am on the excellent all-weather pitch at Glen Park, Station Road, Surfleet.

They are keen to encourage new members to join the hard core bunch which turns out in most weathers to have an hour of enjoyable social hockey, make new friends and get a little exercise.

The sessions are open to adults, male and female, of all abilities including total beginners. Sticks are available if required and suitable trainers are recommended.

For further information, please contact Fred Morris via email fredricmorris@yahoo.co.uk

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