HOCKEY: Cunnington’s treble from short corners

Spalding v Blueharts
Spalding v Blueharts
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Stuart Cunnington fired a hat-trick as Spalding men’s first team began the new year with a home victory over Blueharts.

He put them into a well-deserved lead with a superb short corner flick after just seven minutes.

Three minutes later Spalding went 2-0 up when skipper Josh Rowbottom dived full length to turn in a pinpoint cross from Glenn Richardson.

Blueharts pulled a goal back after 14 minutes from a well-taken short corner and then made the scores level with a copybook move after 
24 minutes.

This stirred Spalding and a period of sustained pressure was rewarded as Cunnington fired home another short corner before the interval.

Cunnington completed his hat-trick at the start of the second half with another great short corner strike.

Sam Howitt and Matt Sanders were outstanding in the home defence and keeper Josh Olphin made a number of saves as they weathered the storm.

With just two minutes remaining Connor Allen wrapped the game up from the penalty spot.

Spalding ladies first team won 3-1 at Bourne Deeping.

Kelly Slater opened the scoring after Maisie Dobbs launched the ball into the D.

Bourne Deeping struck back with a questionable goal

Charlotte Maplethorpe lifted a ball over the keeper from close range to make it 2-1 and she added a second goal after the break.