PETERBOROUGH LADIES’ 2nd 0 SPALDING POACHERS 1st 6: NEWLY-PROMOTED Poachers roared to a stunning success on Saturday as Kelly Slater bagged an opening day hat-trick.
Straight from the whistle Spalding were the stronger side in the East League 2NW clash, as Slater scored twice to put them 2-0 ahead.
After the break Poachers continued to play positive hockey – and Jacqui Hunter’s brace added two more to their tally. The City side continued to push forward, but player of the match Annie Dalton put Spalding 5-0 ahead before Slater completed her treble with a sneaky goal at the far post.
LONG SUTTON 1st 5
PETERBOROUGH 3rd 1
SUTTON dished out a Premier B Division thrashing to league newboys Peterborough 3rd.
They went ahead when Andy Shore deflected in a lovely ball from Connor Allen, before Nick Ellis slotted home number two.
Danny Sisson then made it 3-0 at half-time, with Peterborough unable to cope with Sutton’s slick passing and movement.
The fourth came when Sisson added his second early in the second period following a beautiful team move.
Peterborough grabbed one back as Sutton went down to ten men, but Gary Hales wrapped up the scoring following good work from Sisson and Josh Fyson.
BURY ST EDMUNDS 1st 2
SPALDING 1st 2
A CLASSIC game of two halves saw Spalding held in their opening Division 2NW clash of the season.
Home side Bury St Edmunds gave the new league-comers a tough start to life in their new higher-graded league and were soon 2-0 up inside 20 minutes.
But Spalding composed themselves and were rewarded just before half time with a neat deflection by Glenn Perkins from a Dave Burrell cross.
The second half saw a dramatic change to Spalding’s formation, which totally changed the make-up of the game. Their persistence finally paid off when Darren Grooby slotted past a dumbstruck keeper to level the scores with ten minutes to go.
SPALDING 2nd 2
ST IVES 2nd 2
A LATE strike denied Spalding an impressive win.
Despite St Ives having most of the possession, it was Spalding who opened the scoring after 15 minutes with a solo strike from Will O’Donovan.
Spalding were pegged back ten minutes later by a powerful shot from the top of the D, but they regained the lead with a well-worked short corner routine finished by Shaun Dewing before the interval.
The second period followed the same pattern and St Ives deservedly found a leveller five minutes from time.
SPALDING 3rd 2
PETERBOROUGH 7th 1
SPALDING got off to a flying start with a victory over an experienced city side.
With Jack Drury, Robert Tilbrook and Peter Gray showing great determination, a thunderous strike from Stuart Perkins put Spalding ahead at the break.
After a barrage of more than 15 short corners Peterborough eventually levelled, but Spalding hit back to win it when captain Luke Jackson found Perkins to net his second.
SPALDING 4th 2
LEADENHAM 1st 5
SPALDING’S slow start cost them dear as the slumped on the opening day.
Leadenham raced into a 3-0 advantage by half-time and added another early in the second period before Joe Higgins notched a brace.
Youngsters of Hector Moore, Dom Ibrahim and Harry Bettinson worked very hard in midfield, but couldn’t prevent a fifth.
ALFORD 2nd 2
SPALDING 5th 1
YOUTHFUL Spalding were edged out by the Skegness seaside.
Max Pearce made a fine save just before half time to keep it 0-0 at the break, but a mix-up saw Alford go ahead early in the second period.
An own goal made it 2-0, before Ed Sly’s penalty corner reduced the deficit.
LONG SUTTON 2nd 10
MARCH TOWN 3rd 0
RED-HOT Sutton punished ten-man March as they racked up double figures in Division 4NW.
Sutton went into half time 5-0 up after goals from Stefan Fox, Nick Bailey, Jason Mallett and Jeremy Watt.
Bailey netted twice more to wrap-up a treble in the second half, with Watt, Matt Grange and Luke Lovegrove completing the scoring.
LONG SUTTON 3rd 1
HORNCASTLE 2nd 4
SUTTON were outgunned by Horncastle in their opener.
Matt King, Dave Maris and Jamie Slater shone in the first half, but Sutton trailed 1-0 at the break.
Two further goals put Horncastle out of reach, before Jack Smith pulled one back. However, that only served in forcing Horncastle through for a fourth.
BURY ST EDMUNDS 1st 2
LONG SUTTON LADIES’ 1st 0
PROMOTED Sutton put in a gutsy display against a team that was two rungs higher than them last year.
Sutton defended well, with great defensive work from player of the match Charlene Leuty, but shipped a goal in each half.
Jess Hudson, Hannah Greenacre and Leanne Woodhead all made great attacking bursts as a goal eluded them.
SPALDING POACHERS 2nd 4
WISBECH LADIES’ 2nd 4
AN ENTERTAINING clash ended all-square.
Spalding dominated the first half and led 3-1 through Charlotte Morris and Helen Jex (2).
Two short corners hauled Wisbech level, before Stephanie Wilson slotted a cool fourth for Spalding.
However, Poachers shipped a leveller and that’s how it stayed.
LONG SUTTON LADIES’ 2nd 0
HORNCASTLE LADIES’ 1st 10
RELEGATED Horncastle were way too strong for Sutton.
It was only 2-0 at the break, but a flurry of late goals ensured the scoreline failed to reflect Sutton’s tireless efforts.
WISBECH LADIES’ 3rd 3
SPALDING POACHERS 3rd 5
NEW-LOOK Poachers made a five-star beginning to the new campaign.
Alex Allwright scored as they trailed 2-1 at the break, before adding another in the second half. Kelly Varley (2) and Emily Brown also netted to secure the spoils.
Ysabel Ward enjoyed an outstanding debut.