HOCKEY: Perkins pockets four in big victory

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On-song Spalding 2nd continued their fine start to the East Men’s Hockey League Division 4NW campaign with a thumping 8-0 victory over March Town 2nd on Saturday.

Creating chances galore at Glen Park, hosts Spalding took a deserved 2-0 lead into the interval after Dave Burrell blasted a beauty into the backboard and Glenn Perkins netted a fine second.

It got even better for Perkins in the second period, as he grabbed three more goals with fearsome hits that scattered the March defence.

With keeper Rob Callaby pulling off a couple of incredible stops at the other end, further goals from Pete Wright (2) and the ever-improving Joe Higgins sent Spalding top of the embryonic standings.

Spalding 1st are also sitting pretty at the top of their Division 1N table after their second win on the bounce.

They thrashed Cambridge Uni 3rd 3-0 thanks to a classy Stuart Cunnington treble – the pick of which was a stunning drag flick in the final minute.

It wasn’t such a good day for Long Sutton 1st though, as they were handed a 7-1 reverse by Cambs City 2nd in Premier B. Josh Fyson had given them an early lead.

A day later Sutton’s top side were beaten again in the opening round of the HA Cup, but their 4-3 loss to Premier A side COP 1st was no disgrace.

Nick Bailey pounced to put Sutton ahead, but the city side led 2-1 at the interval.

Danny Sisson levelled in the second period, only for the Peterborough team to move 3-2 ahead again. That man Sisson scored another scintillating equaliser, but COP netted the winner five minutes from time.

There was better news for Long Sutton 2nd in Division 3NW, as they kept their 100 per cent record alive to go second in the standings.

They saw off hosts Cambs South 2nd 5-1, with Jason Mallett’s drilled effort forcing an early own goal.

Mallett then netted with a trademark reverse bullett, before the Cambridge side pulled one back.

That woke Sutton up and Ben Shore’s hat-trick put the game to bed.

Long Sutton Ladies’ 1st secured their first win of the East Women’s Hockey League Division 2NW campaign with a super 3-1 success at St Neots 1st.

After last week’s draw – and with the talismanic Tania White missing due to injury – Sutton found themselves 1-0 behind at the break after a short corner strike. They hit back in the second half when Fiona Gray drove the ball across the D and Hannah Greenacre deflected home.

Louise Southgate then picked out Leanne Woodhead, who in turn flicked on for Lisa Baker to fire Sutton ahead for the first time.

With time running out, Sutton made the game safe when Becky Kierman set up Woodhead to flick past the keeper.

In the same division, Spalding Poachers 1st kept their unbeaten start going with a 1-1 draw with Shefford and Sandy 1st.

After a goalless opening period that saw Spalding on the back foot, they eventually fell behind when Sally Pilgrim’s super save went in off a forward’s foot.

Poachers hit back though, with Jacqui Hunter’s quick free-hit deflected in by Kelly Tuplin.