SPALDING Poachers were crowned Lincolnshire champions at the weekend after two super showings.
The ladies brushed aside Brigg 5-2 and Grimsby 4-0 to take the title at Louth in incredibly hot conditions.
Poachers couldn’t have asked for a better start in the opener against Brigg, with Karen Timby (2) and Jacqui Hunter putting them 3-0 up at the break.
Brigg pulled one back, but Emma Dalton and hat-trick hero Timby scored from short corners to put the game beyond doubt.
In their second game of the day, Spalding took a 1-0 half-time lead over Grimsby thanks to Coral Wild. Kelly Slater then set-up a second for Lily Dobbs, before Dalton took her tournament tally to three with a double.
Captain Sally Pilgrim, Rachel Perkins, Nic Bradley, Annie Dalton and Amber Wild also played their part as Poachers laid down a marker for the season.
• The Poachers’ 1st team had started their weekend with a 4-2 Cambs Premier League win at Sawtry 1st. Hunter (2), Timby and Coral Wild got the goals.
SPALDING 1st 12
ST IVES 2nd 1
SIZZLING Spalding continued their excellent start to the season with an emphatic win.
Glenn and Martin Perkins put them 2-0 up, before another hat-trick from Pete Wright and goals from Rob Dalton and Danny Shardlow saw Spalding take a 7-0 half-time lead.
Wright and two more goals for Glenn Perkins made it 10-0 before St Ives scored a consolation goal. But there was still time for Russell Watts to get on the scoresheet – and Glenn Perkins to notch his fourth.
ST NEOTS 1st 5
LONG SUTTON 2nd 0
DEPLETED Sutton wasted chances galore – but were eventually thrashed by St Neots.
Jeremy Watt, Conner Allan, James Cliff, Simon Clarke and Michael Carter performed well, but Matt Grange was Sutton’s star man.
SPALDING 3rd 5
CAMBS NOMADS 3rd 4
SHAUN Dewing bagged four goals as Spalding produced another strong showing in this victory.
He hit a hat-trick in the first period at Glen Park, but two Nomads strikes made it 3-2 at the break.
Harry Vickers and Dewing restored the Spalding advantage but two late goals from Nomads set up a tense finish. However, top keeping from Ian Caesar saved the day.
LONG SUTTON 3rd 5
LONG SUTTON 4th 2
A STRONG second half from Sutton’s third team eventually shook off the spirited fourths.
Andy Clarke (2) and Steff Fox put the thirds 3-0 up, but Alex Canham and Ben Marris struck to make it 3-2. However, two late goals from Ash Rex and a third for Clarke made for a cruel final score for the fourths.
SPALDING 5th 3
GRANTHAM 1st 6
SPALDING were unlucky to come away with nothing from their first game of their season.
Tom Bettinson and Shaun Downie put them 2-0 up, but Grantham hit back to level at the break.
Sam Darling did mark his debut with a goal late on, but Grantham won with four second-half strikes.
CAMBRIDGE NOMADS LADIES 1st 0
LONG SUTTON LADIES 1st 4
SUTTON stunned the table toppers with a sensational display.
Rebecca Kierman’s rapid first-half treble put them in command, before player-of-the-match Bryony Normanton rounded off the rout with a super solo effort.
LONG SUTTON LADIES 2nd 5
HORNCASTLE LADIES 2nd 0
FIVE-STAR Sutton delivered a cracking team performance.
Centre forward Katie Ireland scored an impressive three goals, and Emma Howell added the other two to earn herself the player of the match gong.