Unlucky 13 for Spalding ladies' first and second teams
Spalding took on top-of-the-table City of Peterborough 2s away at Bretton Gate .
CoP knew victory would make them champions; Spalding knew they were in for a brutal testing. So it proved, as they were crushed 6-0.
Spalding worked hard but the writing was on the wall early when CoP pierced through and scored twice in the first five minutes.
Matters were made worse with Spalding contributed to their own downfall with passes finding CoP sticks. CoP were in no mood to let the Spalding ladies off and were clinical in their finishing. It was 4-0 at half time and the CoP keeper had not touched the ball.
The second half was a much brighter affair for Spalding, as they defended resolutely, making COP work hard for the trophy. Sadly though, CoP put two more cherries on the cake from short corner routines to take a 6-0 win.
Player of the match was shared by Mia Dewing - who looks a great prospect - performing way beyond her years and Kelly Slater, who ran for the entire 70 minutes to try and prevent further damage.
One to forget for the ladies, but ultimately taken apart by a better team. On to next week and a massive three-point local derby against Long Sutton!!
l Spalding Ladies 2s played Cambridge University on home soil on Saturday.
Cambridge were a fit and fast side, keeping the fast tempo from the whistle. In the first half, Spalding fended off all of the Cambridge attacks and it was goalless at half-time.
In the second half, Spalding started to look slower and failed to take advantage of any goal opportunities. Cambridge started to slot in goal after goal.
With the Spalding keeper injured and Hennie taking a bad fall, Spalding started to crumble further. It wasn’t to be their day and Cambridge came victorious with a 7-0 win.
l Kate Amess, Sam Foston, Terri Bateman were on target for Spalding Ladies 3s, as they beat City of Peterborough 4s 3-2.
Player of the Match, on her debut, was Jemima Hitcham in goal.
l In the Spalding men's section, the 1s went down 4-1 to Havering, the 2s drew 1-1 with Kettering 2s; the 3s notched up a 4-1 win over Alford 1s; the 4s went down 8-2 to Horncastle 2s and the 5s beat Alford 2s 3-2.