Spalding collect two wins and a draw on hockey field
SPALDING LADIES 1STS 3, CAMBRIDGE CITY 4THS 1
Spalding won for the first time in four games as they beat Cambridge City 3-1 to close within a point of Long Sutton in Division Two NW.
The hosts started off on the front foot as they applied constant pressure to Cambridge throughout the first half.
But despite all the hard work from a willing Spalding team, it was Cambridge who took a surprising 1-0 lead just before half-time as they caught their opponents on the break.
Following a rousing team talk from Spalding captain Caroline Chester-O'Neil, her side came out with a new lease of life, taking only four minutes to get the equaliser through Charlotte Mablethorpe.
Then great forward play from Ellie Holland and Mablethorpe led to a short corner, allowing Mia Dewing to slap the ball home with the help of a deflection.
It was then left to Mablethorpe to put some gloss on the scoreline as she grabbed her second goal to put the game out of Cambridge's reach.
Spalding's next game is at Cambridge University 3rds on Saturday.
ST NEOTS 2NDS 2, SPALDING LADIES 2NDS 2
Spalding's poor run in Division 3 NW continued with a draw at third-laced St Neots.
But captain Lauren Pitts and her Spalding side did earn a draw at third-placed St Neots after four weeks without a game.
The visitors made a dream start, taking the lead after good work led to a ball through to Alanna Bunyan on the right where she finished emphatically to give Spalding the lead.
But the advantage was short-lived as ten minutes before half-time St Neots scored a dubious equaliser against the run of play through Amy Wilkinson.
Things then went from bad to worse for Spalding as St Neots went into the lead after Grace Hodgett cleared the ball in an attempt to find the forwards.
However, it was intercepted by St Neots and Kira Herbert scored from the turnover to put her side into the lead.
Then with 14 minutes left, Spalding won a flurry of short corners and were eventually rewarded when Bunyan grabbed her second goal of the game to level the match.
Spalding will be hoping to end their winless run when they face bottom-of-the-league Bourne Deeping 2nds, who are yet to win this season, on Saturday.
SPALDING LADIES 3RDS 3, BOURNE DEEPING LADIES 3RDS 1
Spalding made a winning return to Division Four NW(N) action against Bourne Deeping after a 2-0 loss against City of Peterborough 4ths the previous week.
Despite Storm Jorge being in full effect, Spalding’s player of the match Samantha Foston took the South Holland versus South Kesteven derby side by storm in the first minute as she showed her blinding pace.
Spalding only had to wait a few minutes to get their opening goal when Amy Naylor slotted home.
Midfield quartet Alison Wilson, Elaine Allen, Sharon Amess and Kelly Tizzano were working tirelessly in the middle of the pitch, breaking down Bourne’s play and then sending the ball high.
Maisie Foden made it 2-0 when she used her pace to take a quick shot and beat the Bourne Deeping goalkeeper and extend Spalding’s advantage.
However, there were some challenges and Spalding keeper Christina Dewing was forced to make some vital saves to keep her side ahead.
But before half-time, Bourne Deeping’s Emma Cowell managed to slot one past Dewing just before half-time.
Spalding got back on track in the second half as Lisa Ceaser and Lisa Dean made some brilliant interceptions, on one occasion delivering the ball to Terri Bateman who scored the final goal of the game to make the game safe.
Spalding 3rds are next in action against Leadenham as they bid to improve on their current position of sixth in the league.
OTHER RESULTS: Long Sutton men's 2nds 5, St Ives men's 2nds 0; Long Sutton ladies' 2nds 0, Wisbech Town ladies' 2nds 13; Long Sutton men's 3rds 4 Leadenham men's 3rds 2.
Spalding men's 1sts 3 (Stu Cunnington, Glenn Richardson, George Halgarth), Old Southendians men's 1sts 3;
Spalding men's 2nds 4 (Steve Rogers x2, Harry Vickers, Will Steed), March Town men's 1sts 1;
City of Peterborough men's 5ths 2, Spalding men's 3rds 0; Cambridge South men's 4ths 3, Spalding men's 4ths 0;
Alford men's 2nds 0, Spalding men's 5ths 0.