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Round-up of the weekend action from Spalding Hockey Club

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Spalding Ladies finished the first half of their East League season unbeaten after a 13-goal victory over Bourne Deeping on Saturday.

Charlotte Maplethorpe led the scoring spree against the Dragons with a four-goal haul while Hermione Wright hit a hat-trick.

Player of the match Mia Dewing and Harriet Mowbray both bagged braces for the table-toppers with Maddie Haunch and Georgina Maplethorpe also on target.

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Spalding hockey (53606438)

The team started strongly from the first push-back, scoring their first goal after just 46 seconds.

The Spalding press made it difficult for Bourne Deeping to get the ball out of their own half and, with great team-work and strength on the ball, Spalding managed to score 10 goals before half-time.

Spalding seemed to come out slower in the second half but still kept most of the possession and netted a further three goals.

Bourne Deeping worked well to win the ball back and managed to score a consolation in the last few minutes.

Spalding Ladies 2nds shared the spoils in a 1-1 away draw as they travelled to Huntingdon's new abode for an early fixture on Saturday.

Despite the blinding sun, Spalding were ready for the game and from the whistle Maisie Foden attacked hard from the central midfield to receive some close-range balls to her lower and upper limbs.

Not to be perturbed, Foden continued the pressure despite being fouled and was unlucky to receive a ball to her head just outside the D.

Spalding were quick to reshuffle and focus on staying composed for their team-mate.

Huntingdon were first to hit the backboard following what appeared to be an open goal.

Spalding fought back straight away and kept the pressure on Huntingdon from all over the pitch.

They became frustrated at times, but their team spirit and appreciation of the game, kept them focused and avoided any cards.

The ever-impressive Erin McMurray found herself in the perfect position, yet again, to secure her next goal of the season following an excellent assist from Kate Amess.

The game ended all square but Spalding are confident they will take three points away from the reverse fixture.

Joint player of the match went to Hennie Boekestyn for her strong drives towards the goal and Sophie Smith for her cool headed, accurate defending.

Special mention to keeper Freya Lee for some truly confident saves and runs out of the goal.

Spalding Ladies 3rds netted their first win of the season after a narrow one-goal victory against City of Peterborough 4ths.

It was always going to be a tight game for the two teams at the bottom of the league and it didn't disappoint.

Spalding began positively and were able to drive the ball high very early on with the accurate passing from Ali Willson.

Samantha Foston was eager to move and dribble through players and linked beautifully with fellow forwards Tabitha Dunnett and Chloe P.

Peterborough were able to intercept some of the play and attacked well down the wings.

Although Spalding began the second half slowly, outstanding saves from Christina Dewing ensured the defence could work the ball out.

Defenders Lisa Dean and Rachel Perkins demonstrated their strength within the team often linking up with Millie Hastings and Sophie Wilson.

Terri Bateman was able to cause trouble when she was on the ball and ensured she was able to win short corners for the Spalding side.

Great movement was seen between Honor Pearson and Alex Petty demonstrating how the balance of youth and experience is beginning to shine through.

Peterborough had several chances, but the determination of captain Charlotte Morris and vice Sharon Amess ensured that a pass from captain to vice would be scooped over the line to win 1-0 after a great demonstration of team-work throughout.

A late leveller saw league leaders Spalding settle for a share of the spoils in Saturday's trip to third-placed UEA.

They faced a strong and youthful university side where the first half saw equal amounts of chances from both sides and the score remain at 0-0 going into the half-time break.

However, the second half saw a change of fate for the Spalding.

Following a short corner given to Spalding, a well-placed low flick from the top of the D by Stuart Cunnington secured the first goal for the visitors.

Continuing the pressure with some strong distribution from the away side, Joe Rogers made a lead to the top of the D, picking the ball up and turning the defender on his back to drive home a stunning reverse shot into the bottom right-hand corner.

With two goals to Spalding’s name, UEA stepped up the pressure with a continuous attacking onslaught that was held out by the visiting defence.

However, the fortress in front of goal could only hold out for so long with UEA managing to secure a goal through a deflection.

UEA were now high in spirit and with the backing of a home crowd continued the attack and with only one minute to go won a short corner through a defensive error from Sam Sly who, in an attempt to clear the ball first time, instead allowed it through onto his foot.

With less than a minute on the clock and UEA with a short corner, it was all down to the defensive effort and saw man of the match Nathan Davy pull off a fantastic low save to his right from the straight flick.

In the effort to clear the ball away, Spalding conceded another short corner with 36 seconds left to go and, despite the fantastic save 20 seconds prior, UEA managed to squeeze home a second goal and Spalding had to settle for a draw.

In a closely-fought match, Spalding 2nds can be satisfied to come away with a point after a 3-3 draw with Cambridge City 4ths.

Neat passing and good finishing gave the visitors a 2-0 half-time lead but, refreshed after the break, Spalding scored two quick goals to level the game.

They then went ahead for the first time at 3-2 before the visitors equalised to take a share of the points.

Dan Azzopardi (2) and Tim Maltby were on target for Spalding.

Ben Scholes scored a second hat-trick in as many weeks as Spalding 4ths went down to a 4-3 away reversal at March Town 2nds.

Spalding started off brilliantly, putting together a string of quick and easy passes which led to Scholes with the ball at the top of the D within the first minute where a strong hit put them 1-0 up.

March regrouped and got themselves more organised and Spalding then found themselves against a strong defensive side, struggling to beat players one-on-one.

On a counter-attack, March got into Spalding’s D where they won a short corner and a drag-flick from the top of the D saw the hosts equalise.

Another counter-attack then saw one of the March players dribble around several Spalding players and end up free at the top of the D to shoot and make it 2-1.

The first half continued to be back and forth with any chances from Spalding being stopped by the March keeper.

Another March short corner was easily converted with another drag flick which bounced off the post and into the goal to give them a 3-1 lead.

March added a fourth early in the second half following a goalmouth scramble before Spalding started to get back into the game by controlling things, finding easy passes and limiting March’s chances.

With Spalding past the 23, a bad stick tackle saw March with a green card and a Spalding short corner.

The March keeper then made a couple of good saves one after another to prevent Spalding from closing the gap in the scoreline.

A Spalding counter-attack saw Scholes dribble past a couple of players, make his way to the top of the D where he shot home to make it 4-2.

Spalding then made a move down the right-hand side of the pitch 10 minutes later where a ball into Scholes at the top of the D saw another shot converted.

Spalding were then determined to get another, playing great, simple hockey.

This saw Spalding constantly on the offensive with March only able to defend which they did so well, holding back the visitors until the final whistle went.

It was another good performance from Spalding, who continue to play some good hockey and battle to the very end of games.

Spalding 5ths were awarded the victory against St Neots 4ths who conceded due to a player shortage.

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