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Spalding v Cambridge Nomads
Spalding v Cambridge Nomads
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A hard-fought draw at fellow promotion candidates Norwich City on Saturday saw Spalding men’s first team clinch promotion to the East Premier A league for the first time in the club’s history.

Spalding had the ideal start when short corner specialist Stuart Cunnington whipped home one of his trademark flicks in the second minute.

Photos by Tim Wilson

Photos by Tim Wilson

The home side were on the back foot for some time after this and Spalding came close to adding to their score.

Both sides struggled at times to come to terms with the bouncy pitch and play became scrappy as Spalding had to change their normal pattern of play.

Norwich forced their first short corner on 20 minutes and scrambled an equaliser.

Spalding bounced back immediately and enjoyed a spell of domination which was rounded off with another Cunnington short corner strike.

Kelly Slater

Kelly Slater

Just as the half-time whistle approached, the ball fell in the path of a Norwich forward who slotted home from close range.

The second half was dominated by aerials with both sides trying to use the bounce to their advantage.

As a result, the play became stretched and it was some time before Spalding got back in control.

Connor Allen and Harry Vickers both came close to adding to the scoreline but were denied by good saves.

On the stroke of full-time, Norwich were awarded a short corner which threatened to snatch victory but Spalding’s defence held firm and the 
necessary point for promotion was secured.

Meanwhile, Spalding ladies first team rounded off their league season with a 5-1 victory over Cambridge Nomads at Glen Park on Saturday.

Never under any serious pressure, goals came from Macy Carr, Kelly Slater, Caz Chester-O’Neill and Lottie Boreham (2).