Round-up of the action from Spalding Hockey Club
Unbeaten Spalding Ladies hit eight goals for the second successive week as they recorded their fourth win of the Division 2NW season by beating City of Peterborough 3rds on Saturday.
They took just three mintes to the break the deadlock as Charlotte Maplethorpe opened the scoring with a quick goal.
Some great link-up play between Mia Dewing and Hennie Boekestyn then led to Spalding’s second goal with the latter slotting the ball past the keeper.
Spalding stayed strong in the first half to keep Peterborough under pressure with some great attacking play from the whole team.
Peterborough managed to gain a few short corners which were held off by the defence and Abby Hodgett who managed to keep another clean sheet.
The second half was where Spalding saw most of their goals come in, starting with a great deflection by Dewing to score from a short corner.
Charlotte Maplethorpe scored her second by slotting the ball into the corner of the goal and Georgina Maplethorpe netted Spalding's fifth goal with a good reverse shot from the top of the D.
Harriet Mowbray put Spalding 6-0 up after receiving a great ball from Maddie Haunch which was followed by a brilliant short corner from Evie to make it seven.
Mowbray rounded off the scoring with her second goal of the game from a one-on-one with the keeper to cap an excellent performance from the whole team.
Haunch and Dewing were jointly named player of the match for their great work in the midfield and their many assists.
Spalding 2nds slipped to their first defeat of the season after a 4-1 loss against a strong and organised Newmarket team.
The teams went in level at half-time after a goalless opening period but Spalding soon found themselves behind when the experience of the visitors started to take effect.
Despite a goal by Kate Amess and a player-of-the-match performance from goalkeeper Gaby Taylor, whose efforts kept the scoreline down, Newmarket were worthy winners.
Spalding 3rds are still seeking their first win of the Division 3NW season after a 5-0 away defeat at Ely City.
Freya Lee produced a player-of-the-match performance but still couldn't keep the score any closer.
Spalding will hope to bounce back and get on the scoresheet at home against league leaders Kettering this weekend.
Spalding put an end to Cambridge South's undefeated home streak as they recorded their fourth successive win in Division One North with a 2-1 victory on Saturday.
They started the game off well with most of the possession and plenty of chances being created by the Mayhew brothers and other Spalding players.
Constant pressure from Spalding was unfortunately not rewarded with a goal in the first half due to a good performance from the opposition's keeper.
In the second half, the pressure continued to be applied and a good drag flick from Stu Cunnington and a well finished goal from Joe Higgins, with a good assist by Amess, brought the scoreline to 2-0 with 10 minutes to go.
Spalding’s defence held firm with a strong performance from Morris, however, Cambridge managed to score from a short corner.
Spalding finished the game strongly though with a performance to be proud of which maintained their place at the top of the table.
Man of the match was Tom Mayhew.
Spalding 2nds' quest for their first points in Division 2NW continues as they went down to a 4-2 defeat against Cambridge South 2s.
The visitors were good value for their win and came with a strong and well-organised game that Spalding struggled to cope with and scored three of their four goals on the break.
A first half penalty stroke converted by Jacob Drew and a well-worked second half goal finished by Steve Rogers were not enough for Spalding and they will go to St Ives on Saturday still searching for their first points.
Spalding 4ths are among the leading pack in Division 4NW after a four-goal away win at Wisbech 3rds on Saturday.
They made a very strong start to the game with some great attacking play which finally led to a penalty stroke early in the first half as Ben Scholes stepped up to the plate but was unable to put Spalding into the lead.
However, not long after, Oli Baker passed to Scholes who was able to give Spalding their first goal.
Spalding stayed strong with Harry Naylor hitting a great reverse strike that doubled their lead.
After half-time, Spalding were able to keep the pace up with many unfortunate misses and great saves.
Aaron Scholes received the ball out wide and played it into the D where George Morris was able to turn it home for his first senior goal.
Wisbech were then able to keep Spalding at bay until Dave Burrell received the ball in the D and netted their fourth and final goal.
Spalding 5ths made it four wins from four games in Division 6NW after a 5-1 away success at St Neots 4ths.
It looked to be a difficult away trip for Spalding as the younger players among them were relatively unaccustomed to the slower playing surface, but the game still managed to find a high level of pace and intensity.
It seemed Spalding had the more attacking threat with many more ventures into the opposition half, and further, their hosts' final third.
The game seemed based around the Neots half with several attacks from Spalding.
The deadlock was broken around the midpoint of the half with a goal from Cameron Roy.
The goal truly got things going with lots more Spalding forays, but for a couple of counter-attacks that were dealt with well by the back line.
Spalding then got a second goal a few minutes later with a mid-height shot from Roy that got stuck between the legs of the keeper, dropped behind him and was tapped in by Andy Barlow.
The rest of the half was played out with attacks from Spalding and the Neots players managed to keep tidy for the rest of the half.
The second half was the same format with attacks from Spalding being defended by Neots.
However, Roy netted two quick-fire strikes to complete his hat-trick with both being quick slap-shot goals from close-quarters.
Neots, with 15 minutes to to go, got one back but a minute or so later, Spalding netted another.
A good run on the right wing from Tom Pilgrim was the ball slapped across the face of goal for a simple tap-in from Brendan Atkin.
The rest of the match was played out for a comfortable win for Spalding whose man of the match was Lewis Burton.