Recently-crowned Lincolnshire Sports Club of the Year Spalding maintained their fine form with a 5-2 East Men’s League Division One victory over Brentwood.
Stuart Cunnigton put Spalding ahead but they were caught napping by a quickly-taken free hit placed over stand-in keeper Rob Callaby.
Cunnington again put Spalding in front but they were then reduced to ten men when Connor Allen put in an ugly slide tackle that Roy Keane would have been proud of.
Brentwood equalised early in the second half but man-of-the-match Rob Dalton then ran the length of the pitch before calmy placing the ball over the keeper.
Spalding were again reduced to ten men as Josh Rowbottom was yellow-carded for comments made to the umpire.
Russ Watts tapped in to make it 4-2 and Cunnington then completed his hat-trick.
Harry Vickers scored twice on his debut for Spalding 2nd as they won 5-3 at Division Three North basement side Ely 2nd with other goals coming from Joe Higgins, Chris McKenna and Glenn Perkins.
Spalding 3rd defeated Wisbech 3rd 3-0 in Division Four North West with James Doolan and Keith Stennett (2) getting the goals.
Spalding 4th were hammered 10-2 at runaway Division Five North West leaders Leadenham with the Spalding goals coming from Dominic Ibrahim and Tom Shinkins.
Spalding 5th drew 0-0 with Grantham in Division Six North West.
Meanwhile, Spalding Ladies defeated St Neots 4-0 in the East Women’s League Division Two North West with Kelly Slater opening the scoring.
That opener was Spalding’s 50th goal of the season in only their eighth game and Katie Gray doubled the advantage before the break.
Kelly Tuplin, the leading scorer in the league, then got in the act with two second-half goals.
Spalding Ladies 2nd also hit four when winning 4-2 at Horncastle in Division Three North West (North) thanks to goals from Lauren Harvey, Lauren Pitts, Charlotte Morris and Akayla Newton.
Alex Petty’s goal wasn’t enough to prevent Spalding Ladies 3rd losing 3-1 at home to Alford in the same division.
Spalding lost 10-0 against highly-rated Beeston in the third round of the England Hockey Girls Under 18 Cup.
There was also defeat for Spalding when going down 7-4 against City of Peterborough in the England Hockey Boys Under 16 East League.
Joe Rogers hit a hat-trick and Joe Higgins also netted.
Long Sutton Ladies defeated Cambridge Nomads 4-2 in the East Women’s League Division Two North West with goals from Leanne Woodhead (2), Louise Southgate and Emma Howell.
The Ladies 2nd returned to winning ways in Division Three North West with a 4-2 victory over Lincoln 3rd.
Becky Kierman scored in both halves with Amber Wild and Jeorgia Carr also netting for Sutton.
Long Sutton were unlucky not to take anything from their East Men’s League Premier B clash with Havering.
Will Cook scored their consolation in a 3-1 defeat.
Long Sutton 2nd lost by the odd goal in five against Louth in Division Three North West. It was a decent result against a side who had scored 28 goals in their previous four games.
Alex Canham fired them ahead but Louth battled back to lead 3-1 before Adam Sisson netted his first goal for the 2nds.
Long Sutton 3rd were well beaten 8-0 at home to City 5th in Division Five North West.
Long Sutton 4th fared better with a 5-2 victory over Bourne Deeping 6th in Division Six North West (North).
Jon Goodley netted his first goal for the club, James Baker scored twice, man-of-the match Will White found the net and Kane Portass grabbed his first of the season.