Spalding Hockey Club beaten by late strike
Stuart Cunnington’s hat-trick was not enough for Spalding men’s first team in a seven-goal thriller with Letchworth at Glen Park.
The home side scored first with a reverse stick strike during a penalty corner routine.
Another goal came from a nicely-worked counter-attack as this time Cunnington beat the keeper with a neat push pass into the goal.
However, the momentum was soon snuffed out as Letchworth pulled one back then two penalty strokes were awarded in quick succession.
Spalding were given a penalty corner, allowing Cunnington to complete his treble.
In the final 10 minutes, Letchworth broke away through the centre of the pitch and converted their fourth goal.
A first-half goal from player of the match Maddie Haunch was cancelled out as Spalding’s ladies drew 1-1 with Cambridge University 3rd.
Chances fell to Evie Maltby and Ellie Holland before a penalty corner squeezed under the defender’s stick on the line to produce the students’ leveller.
Hennie Boekestyn, Mia Dewing and Hannah Baker found the net for Spalding under-16 girls to beat Kettering 3-0.
Oli Dring (2) and Adolfo Chantre scored for the under-14 boys as this season’s England Hockey Championship matches kicked off with a 3-2 victory over Lindum.
Long Sutton ladies first team shared four goals with second-placed Bury St Edmunds 2nd after an early double from Connie Gittins.
After three successive wins, they made a fast-paced start and it took only eight minutes for the superiority to produce results.
A quick free hit was driven by captain Jo Bland, who found Amber Jones marked heavily in the D.
She immediately offloaded to Gittins, who slotted past the experienced and sharp keeper.
Seven minutes later, a ball won in the centre of the park was threaded through to Amber Jones, who laid off to Gittins again.
This time, with work to do, she lifted the ball past the remaining defender before calmly giving the keeper no chance for her second goal.
A goalmouth scramble was only stopped by the foot of Tania White, resulting in a penalty flick beyond the reach of Lorraine Wallis.
The equaliser was probably always going to come and, midway through the half, a good move was finished off.
Meanwhile, the men’s first team lost 3-1 at Dereham 2nd in the bottom-of-the-table clash.
Josh Baker converted a short corner to level the score before half-time.
Premier B: Bourne Deeping 2 Waltham Forest 1, Cambridge University 2nd 3 Old Southendian 2, Spalding 3 Letchworth 4, Sudbury 2 St Albans 2nd 2, Shefford & Sandy 0 Havering 2, Blueharts 1 Upminster 1.
Division Two North: City of Peterborough 3rd 3 Pelicans 3, University of East Anglia 1 Harleston Magpies 3rd 1, Dereham 2nd 3 Long Sutton 1, St Ives 2 Kettering 4, Norwich Dragons 8 Horncastle 0, Harleston Magpies 2nd 4 Norwich City 2nd 1.
Division Three NW: Cambridge University 3rd 2 St Ives 2nd 1, St Neots 2 Leadenham 2, Ely City 3 Cambridge City Vets 5, Long Sutton 2nd 4 March Town 3, Cambridge South 2nd 5 Bourne Deeping 2nd 1, Spalding 2nd 4 City of Peterborough 4th 4.
Division Four NW: Bourne Deeping 3rd 0 Kettering 2nd 1, Wisbech Town 2nd 3 Spalding 3rd 1, Alford & District 3 St Ives 3rd 2, Cambridge City 5th 2 Wellingborough 5, Cambridge South 3rd 3 Louth 1, City of Peterborough 5th 3 Cambridge Nomads 2nd 2.
Division Five NW: Spalding 4th 2 March Town 2nd 3, Kettering 3rd 11 Bourne Deeping 5th 1, St Neots 2nd 2 Cambridge City 6th 1, Louth 2nd 2 Ely City 2nd 3, Wisbech Town 3rd 1 Cambridge South 4th 3, Bourne Deeping 4th 1 City of Peterborough 6th 6.
Division Six NW (N): Bourne Deeping 6th 0 Spalding 5th 3, Leadenham 2nd 3 Alford & District 2nd 0, Horncastle 2nd 3 Long Sutton 3rd 0, City of Peterborough 8th 1 Leadenham 3rd 1.
Division Two NW: Cambridge Nomads 1 Pelicans 2, Cambridge South 4 St Ives 2nd 0, Spalding 1 Cambridge University 3rd 1, Saffron Walden 2 Cambridge City 4th 0, Bourne Deeping 1 Dereham 2nd 1, Long Sutton 2 Bury St Edmunds 2nd 2.
Division Three NW: Huntingdon 2 Alford & District 4, Ely City 5 Cambridge City 5th 1, St Neots 2nd 2 Horncastle 1.
Division Four NW (N): Louth 2nd 0 Wisbech Town 2nd 9, Spilsby 0 City of Peterborough 4th 2, Horncastle 2nd 1 Bourne Deeping 3rd 0, Alford & District 2nd 0 March Town 9.
Premier B: Havering v Sudbury, Upminster v Shefford & Sandy, Letchworth v Cambridge University 2nd, Old Southendian v Broxbourne, Spalding v St Albans 2nd, Waltham Forest v Blueharts.
Division Two North: Long Sutton v City of Peterborough 3rd, Norwich City 2nd v Dereham 2nd, Horncastle v Harleston Magpies 2nd, Norwich Dragons v St Ives, Harleston Magpies 3rd v Kettering, Pelicans v University of East Anglia.
Division Three NW: City of Peterborough 4th v Long Sutton 2nd, Cambridge City Vets v Bourne Deeping 2nd, St Ives 2nd v Ely City, Leadenham v Spalding 2nd, St Neots v Cambridge South 2nd, March Town v Cambridge University 3rd.
Division Four NW: Bourne Deeping 3rd v Cambridge South 3rd, Spalding 3rd v Louth, Cambridge Nomads 2nd v Wisbech Town 2nd, St Ives 3rd v City of Peterborough 5th, Wellingborough v Alford & District, Kettering 2nd v Cambridge City 5th.
Division Five NW: Cambridge South 4th v Kettering 3rd, Louth 2nd v St Neots 2nd, Ely City 2nd v Bourne Deeping 4th, Bourne Deeping 5th v Cambridge City 6th, March Town 2nd v Wisbech Town 3rd, City of Peterborough 6th v Spalding 4th.
Division Six NW (N): Alford & District 2nd v Long Sutton 3rd, Horncastle 2nd v City of Peterborough 8th, Leadenham 3rd v Bourne Deeping 6th, Spalding 5th v Leadenham 2nd.
Division Two NW: Cambridge University 3rd v Saffron Walden, Bury St Edmunds 2nd v Spalding, Dereham 2nd v Cambridge Nomads, Pelicans v Long Sutton, Bourne Deeping v Cambridge South, Cambridge City 4th v St Ives 2nd.
Division Three NW: Spalding 2nd v Huntingdon, Horncastle v Bourne Deeping 2nd, Alford & District v City of Peterborough 3rd.
Division Four NW (N): March Town v Spalding 3rd, City of Peterborough 4th v Alford & District 2nd, Leadenham v Horncastle 2nd, Wisbech Town 2nd v Spilsby, Louth 2nd v Long Sutton 2nd.
Premier B: Shefford & Sandy v Waltham Forest, Bourne Deeping v Old Southendian, Broxbourne v Letchworth, Cambridge University 2nd v Spalding, Sudbury v Upminster, St Albans 2nd v Havering.
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