HOCKEY: Nerds smash six in goal-den week

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It was raining goals at the latest round of Long Sutton Summer Hockey League fixtures as the eight teams managed to hit the net 19 times.

Starting in the Moulton Pool, two Sutton sides went head-to-head as ‘The Ninjas’ dispatched ‘The Pressies’ 3-1 to make it two wins from three.

The Ninjas took an early lead through Alex Canham, but The Pressies continued to work hard and were more than a match for their more experienced opponents.

Indeed, it was no surprise when Lisa Baker found Jack Smith in the D and he finished well to level the scores.

The Ninjas took the game to the Pressies in the second half, but found keeper CJ Robinson in fine form.

He pulled off a string of saves – including a penalty flick save from Leanne Woodhead. But Josh Fyson gave the Ninjas the lead and Woodhead scored a well struck short corner to give the scoreline a more comfortable feel.

In the other Moulton match, it was a tale of two extremes as Wisbech 2nd made it three wins from as many games by dispatching pointless Spalding 1st 3-1.

Spalding, however, matched their opponents for large sections of the game but the difference was clinical finishing. Wisbech took a 2-0 lead into half time after excellent finishes from Orlando Prestige and Verity Allen, before a well-struck cross deflected in off Rob Tilbrook’s stick to make it three.

Mike Morris did crash home a consolation strike for Spalding, who deserved more than the scoreline suggests.

In the Crowland Pool, The Nerds made a real statement with a 6-1 beating of Sutton Sabres. Playing fluently, they took the game to the Sabres and were sharper in the tackle and ruthless in front of goal.

Ben Shore did open the scoring for Sabres, but two goals from Gary Hales and one from James Taverner – along with a Lisa Baker own goal – gave The Nerds a 4-1 lead before the break.

Further goals from Ben Batten and Hales’ hat-trick strike completed a fine all-round showing.

Meanwhile, Spalding 2nd ended Wisbech 1st’s unbeaten start with a 3-1 triumph.

It was no surprise when Spalding took a 2-0 lead into the break thanks to good finishes from Sally Pilgrim and Kelly Slator.

An injury to a Wisbech player didn’t help their cause in the second half, but Lisa Williamson’s fantastic deflected finish gave them hope.

Spalding extinguished any designs they had on levelling the scores though, with Cunnington adding a third.