HOCKEY: Ninjas and Nerds ready for final battle

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The Ninjas will square off against The Nerds in a mouth-watering final after both sealed top spot in their respective Long Sutton Summer Hockey League pools last week.

Starting in the Moulton Pool, Ninjas rounded off their group fixtures with a dominant 6-0 win over The Pressies in an all-Sutton affair.

The Pressies battled well and contained the Ninjas, with Nick Bailey, Jason Mallet, Laura Temple and Lisa Baker all working hard to feed the ball up to the strike twins of Becky Kierman and Katie Ireland.

However, as the game settled the Ninjas had a little too much for them, with Robyn Gribble, Danny Sisson and Leanne Woodhead excelling.

Gribble opened the scoring with a stunning strike and added an equally impressive second before half time.

In the second period, Sam Carr and Adam Taylor worked well in defence but a couple of sublime Sisson finishes and a poacher’s goal from Adam Sisson – along with Gribble completing her hat-trick – made the final score 6-0.

In the other Moulton match, Spalding 1st saved their best performance for last as they saw off Wisbech 2nd 3-0.

Without a win in any of their previous five games, Spalding took the clash to their opponents and got what they deserved when Pete Wright scored to make the score 1-0 at the break.

At the other end, excellent defending and good keeping from the Spalding stopped Wisbech from getting on the scoresheet.

Spalding’s performance was rewarded with two more goals – including a second from Wright.

Despite the defeat, Wisbech finish second and qualify for the third/fourth place play-off.

In the Crowland Pool, all eyes were on top two Nerds and Sutton Sabres as they battled for a place in the final.

The Nerds eventually progressed to the showpiece match after an entertaining 0-0, meaning the impressive Sabres have to settle for a third/fourth play-off match against Wisbech 2nd.

Both teams worked to earn an early advantage, but were frustrated by a mix of woodwork, fine goalkeeping and excellent defending.

Ben Shore, Connor Allen, Gary Hales and Jeorgia Carr will wonder how they did not open the scoring in this game – and with both teams playing fair committed hockey, there was a lot to admire about the match.

Harry Thorpe and Laura Temple looked impressive for the Nerds, with the experienced Hales always willing to offer options.

For the Sabres, captain Shore, Lisa Baker and Louise Southgate drove the team on, but neither could break the deadlock.

Although the other match between Spalding 2nd and Wisbech 1st was something of a dead rubber, it was perhaps the best game of the tournament.

Spalding ran out 2-0 winners, with Glen Perkins and Annie Dalton the scorers.

Finals night is at Long Sutton Hockey Club tonight (Friday), with the action getting under way at 7pm.