Seven up for Spalding Hockey Club
Stuart Cunnington struck four times as Spalding men’s first team moved up to third place.
James Mayhew (2) and Glenn Richardson were also on target in the 7-1 win at Shefford & Sandy.
Spalding were unlucky not to take the lead after an audacious shot from Richardson following Cunnington’s aerial pass.
Although Spalding were applying good pressure, Shefford & Sandy scored first with a scrappy penalty corner.
Spalding quickly responded with two Cunnington penalty corners.
A good piece of inter-play between the Spalding midfield and attack led to Richardson nutmegging the goalkeeper to make it 3-1.
This quickly turned into 4-1 when Cunnington deflected in another well-worked penalty corner routine.
It was more of the same in the second half with Spalding cutting the Shefford defence to pieces and peppering the goal with shots.
Mayhew slotted home two well-worked goals and Cunnington got his fourth.
Spalding ladies won 4-3 at Cambridge Nomads thanks to Charlotte Maplethorpe, Caly Priestley, Hennie Boekestyn and Karen Timby.
Maplethorpe opened the scoring following a run through the home defence to take a 1-0 lead.
Two further goals came in quick succession – a neat finish from Priestley following another great Maplethorpe run, then Boekestyn marking her debut with an accurate finish.
Mistakes and failed clearances gifted Nomads two goals before half-time but Donna Chester-O’Neill made several excellent saves to keep the home team out in the second period.
The fourth goal came as Timby followed up on Boekestyn’s strike to tap in the rebound.
Spalding were once again punished when a defensive mistake was put away to leave them clinging on to their lead in the last few minutes.