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HOCKEY: Third title for St Norbert’s

St Norbert's
St Norbert's

The finals of the Spalding Primary Schools Hockey Tournaments were held at Glen Park.

Seventeen teams from 14 primary schools – around 150 youngsters in total – played in four graded leagues in a hugely successful conclusion to the season.

The teams were placed in advanced, intermediate and two beginner leagues.

The advanced league was closely contested with high-quality competitive games.

Ayscoughfee A got off to a great start with a 2-1 victory over title holders John Harrox then went on to beat St John’s 2-0 and Boston’s Tower Road 3-0.

St Norbert’s were made to work hard in their opening game against St John’s but a late goal earned them a 1-0 win.

Tower Road took an early lead in their second game but St Norbert’s fought back to win 3-1 and then beat John Harrox A 3-0.

This set up a thrilling final contest between Ayscoughfee A and St Norbert’s.

With both teams having won their previous three games with an identical record, it was winner-take-all.

An exciting and fiercely fought game between these closely-matched teams looked to be going to extra-time and golden goal.

But with just two minutes remaining, St Norbert’s scored to lift the title for the third time in the tournament’s seven-year history.

Although St John’s and Tower Road finished with just a point apiece, they can take great heart from the way they battled throughout.

In the intermediate league, Wyberton opened their account with a 4-2 win over St Thomas’s before going on to beat Tower Road B 3-1.

Eye also started with a win, beating Tower Road B 2-1 and then St Thomas’s 4-0 to set up a decider with Wyberton.

This tightly-fought contest ended goalless, giving the title to Eye on goal difference.

In the beginner A league, Gosberton Academy got off to a cracking start – beating John Harrox B 6-0 in their opening game and then Gosberton Risegate 2-1.

The impressive St John’s B team were held to an exciting 3-3 draw by Gosberton Risegate but then beat John Harrox B 6-1 to set up a decider against Gosberton Academy.

St John’s B turned on the heat to run out 4-0 winners and take the league title.

In the beginner B league, Weston Hills were dominant but made to work extremely hard for their 1-0 win by a determined Spalding Parish team in their opening game.

They went on to beat Surfleet (4-0) and Ayscoughfee B (4-2) to win the league with a 100 per cent record.

Ayscoughfee B and Surfleet were separated only by goal difference.

Trophies were awarded by Anna of sponsors Doodles Pottery Painting.

Action at Glen Park
Action at Glen Park


Results: John Harrox A 1 Ayscoughfee A 2, St John’s A 0 St Norbert’s 1, Tower Road A 0 John Harrox A 1, Ayscoughfee A 2 St John’s A 0, Tower Road A 1 St Norbert’s 3, St John’s A 0 John Harrox A 2, Tower Road A 0 Ayscoughfee A 3, St Norbert’s 3 John Harrox A 0, St John’s A 0 Tower Road A 0, Ayscoughfee A 0 St Norbert’s 1.


Results: Wyberton 4 St Thomas’s 2, Eye 1 Tower Road B 2, Wyberton 3 Tower Road B 1, St Thomas’s 4 Eye 0, St Thomas’s 2 Tower Road B 0, Wyberton 0 Eye 0.


Results: John Harrox B 0 Gosberton Academy 6, Gosberton Risegate 3 St John’s B 3, John Harrox B 1 St John’s B 6, Gosberton Academy 2 Gosberton Risegate 1, John Harrox B 4 Gosberton Risegate 1, Gosberton Academy 0 St John’s B 4.


Results: Surfleet 1 Ayscoughfee B 1, Spalding Parish 0 Weston Hills 1, Surfleet 0 Weston Hills 4, Spalding Parish 1 Ayscoughfee B 8, Weston Hills 4 Ayscoughfee B 2, Surfleet 5 Spalding Parish 2.

Photos by Tim Wilson
Photos by Tim Wilson

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