HOCKEY: Spalding miss out despite early lead

Spalding v City of Peterborough 2nd
Spalding v City of Peterborough 2nd
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Spalding men’s first team lost 3-2 in Saturday’s top-of-the-table clash against City of Peterborough 2nd.

The game started off at a high intensity as Spalding seemed to be out of the blocks quicker than the visitors with a few spells of quick passes and hard-fought tackles.

Action from Glen Park on Saturday

Action from Glen Park on Saturday

Spalding had more of the possession and a quick move on the right-hand side of the pitch brought the opening goal.

A good ball from Stuart Cunnington released Glen Richardson who had an immaculate touch to lift the ball through a challenge and then he outpaced the other defender to score with a crisp shot.

The visitors started to find their feet in the game and moved the ball around, having a few chances.

As the first half came to a close, the visitors made good progress down the right-hand side and got an equaliser.

Photos by Tim Wilson

Photos by Tim Wilson

They added a second goal in the last minutes of the first half and Spalding almost levelled as they had a short corner effort cleared off the line.

The second half started 
pretty much as the first with both teams trying to assert their dominance on the style of play.

Spalding came out fighting but a few opportunities went begging due to short corners not being as slick as their normal delivery.

A momentary lapse in the Spalding defence gave the visitors a glimpse of a goal which they took.

Spalding reacted with pushing the team high and getting bodies up the pitch, causing the visitors troubles in defence.

Robert Dalton made it 3-2 but the match ended with Spalding feeling deprived of three desperately-needed points.

Meanwhile, Spalding ladies first team lost 3-1 at City of Peterborough 2nd for only their second defeat in 2017.

Charlotte Boreham put the visitors 1-0 up at the break but City of Peterborough came out strongly in the second half and slotted home three goals.