Spalding go seven-up to dominate derby at Bourne Deeping
Spalding men's 2nds went away and hit south Lincolnshire rivals Bourne Deeping 2nds for seven in their Division Three NW derby on Saturday.
A Tim Maltby hat-trick laid the foundation for the visitors' easy victory at Arthur Mellows Village College, near Peterborough.
Despite a slow start and going 1-0 down to a James Watkins' strike for the hosts, Spalding went on to take the spoils by a combination of clinical finishing and some beautiful, passing hockey.
Maltby netted twice in the first half to give Spalding a 2-1 lead at half-time.
Then as Bourne Deeping's players started to tire out from chasing their young and energetic opponents, Spalding took advantage to score five more, unanswered goals in the second half.
As well as Maltby completing his hat-trick, the second period also saw goals for Spalding by Harry Vickers, Lawrence Smith-Hughes, Tom Bettinson and Robin Edlington.
The fact that five different players managed to get on the scoresheet was evidence of a true team performance from Spalding where every member contributed to what was a convincing win that leaves the visitors seventh, while Bourne Deeping stay bottom.
Meanwhile, Spalding men's 3rds emulated the 2nds with 4-1 win over Bourne Deeping 3rds at Glen Park, Surfleet.
Jacob Drew opened the scoring for Spalding when he converted a breakaway one-on-one with visiting keeper Joe Wray,
A mistake by Bourne Deeping's Paul Jackson let in Darren Grooby for a free hit to make it 2-0 and Glenn Perkins added a third from a short corner just before half-time.
It was bad luck on the hosts as Joe Garner had made a fantastic outstretched reverse stick stop which would have put the visitors 3-0 ahead earlier.
Despite a decent passage of open, passing hockey by Bourne Deeping's youthful team, led by Joseph Moisey, Alex Hutton, Alex Flint, Connor Gosnell, Joe Garner and Ethan Edwards, Spalding made it 4-0 with a well-worked goal finished by Dan Azzopardi.
The hosts grabbed a consolation goal through Mark Cox which spoiled Spalding's ambition to keep a clean sheet.