HOCKEY: Evie’s treble leads way for Spalding in clinical display

Macy Carr scored the fourth goal
Macy Carr scored the fourth goal
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Spalding ladies first team put in a clinical performance to despatch lowly Wisbech 2nd at Glen Park on Saturday and keep in touch with the league leaders.

The home side began brightly and were soon peppering the Wisbech defence so it was no surprise when Kelly Slater slapped home from close range to put Spalding ahead on five minutes.

Evie Maltby

Evie Maltby

As Spalding ran riot down the right, further goals from Georgina Maplethorpe and Evie Maltby soon followed.

Wisbech fought their way back into the game for a while but Spalding were strong in defence and they also built purposefully through the midfield.

Macy Carr added a fourth before the break.

Slater started the second half as she had done the first period with an early goal.

The home side were 7-0 ahead with Charlotte Maplethorpe and Maltby on target.

The pace of the Spalding forwards continued to cause Wisbech’s defence serious problems and in the closing stages, Maltby completed a well-taken hat-trick and Charlotte Boreham tucked home from close range.

Meanwhile, the men’s first team fought out a 2-2 draw at Havering.

With the season drawing to a close, every game has a huge impact on Spalding’s promotion chances.

The game was expected to be physical and it definitely didn’t disappoint with both sides having their fair share of warnings in the first 10 minutes.

Havering were the first to score with a deflection beating the Spalding backline.

Spalding levelled with a clinical short corner from Stuart Cunnington.

Havering followed in the closing moments of the first half with a well-worked short corner routine.

In the second half, Havering held the ball well to stop Spalding in their tracks until a lapse in defending allowed another short corner. 
Cunnington again scored with a soft drag flick trickling past the defence.