It was a quiet weekend on the local hockey scene, with the date set aside for any re-arranged matches.
In one of the games that was played, Spalding Poachers 2nd put Woodhall Spa to the sword with a 9-0 victory inthe East Women’s League 3NW(N).
Poachers attacked from the start as they looked to continue their winning ways, and Amber Wild’s determination out wide saw her cross the ball to AJ Bunyan to slot home the opener.
Wild and Isy Whitehead were constantly causing problems for Woodhall and another fine run by Whitehead resulted in top scorer Bunyan firing home.
Spalding got a third before half time, when good work by Elaine Allen led to Karen Thorold scoring.
There was a flurry of goals after the break with the scorers Whitehead (2), an own goal and Bunyan completing her third consecutive hat-trick.
Spalding continued to dominate for long periods, with impressive passing around the back and some fine team play throughout the pitch!
A beautifully drilled short corner was slotted home and then Charlotte Morris slammed one into the bottom corner.
Having scored an impressive 20 goals in their last three games, Spalding now sit third in the table and look forward to carrying on their campaign after the Christmas break.
Spalding Poachers 3rd were also in action, beating Alford 2nd 3-0.
Spalding started strongly and were quick to win several short corners, one of which was converted by captain Samantha Maltby.
Some great passing up the pitch gave Samantha Foston the opportunity to slot in the second.
Keeper Kathy Martindale had little to do this week but when needed, she made some really strong kick outs to the far end of the pitch.
Player of the match went to Rosa Kalman for tirelessly man marking a key player.
Michelle Smith and Frances Dalton kept the central midfield at bay and Holly Hetherington should be commended for her text book runs up the right wing.
A clear ball kick from an Alford defender saw Spalding awarded a penalty flick and Kelly Varley completed the scoring.
Spalding Men beat Long Sutton 8-2 in a friendly fixture in which both sides gave fringe and squad players a decent run out.
Spalding had an outstanding first half and their crisp attacking play was matched by some clinical finishing to have a comfortable 5-1 lead at the break.
Sutton came out stronger after the break but met with firm resistance from the home defence.
Spalding were able to add a further three goals, including a first for popular Lithuanian Darius Jackevicius, before Sutton added a late consolation goal.