HOCKEY: Spalding’s survival hopes fade despite fightback

Photo by Tim Wilson
Photo by Tim Wilson
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Spalding men’s first team remain at the bottom of the table after sharing four goals with Blueharts at Glen Park.

Both sides were promoted at the end of last season and again they provided plenty of drama.

Spalding failed to put on a display for the first half – showing little desire in search of a much-needed win after the performance against Chelmsford.

Spalding got nowhere but Blueharts couldn’t create many chances themselves until they scrambled home the opener just a minute before the break.

Spalding needed to turn their performance around but were dealt another sucker punch when the visitors scored within a minute of the restart.

Eventually, with only 15 minutes remaining, Spalding began to find the spirit and Josh Rowbottom managed to find the back of the net.

Within two minutes, Spalding were level when a through-ball found Lawrence Smith-Hughes in space to force the equaliser.

Spalding now need to win at least two of their four remaining games and hope results go their way to stay in the East League’s top flight.

On Saturday, they travel to former National League side and promotion hunters St Albans.

Josh Fyson (2) and Daniel Batte were unable to prevent defeat for bottom-of-the-table Long Sutton at home to Old Southendian in Division One.

Spalding’s ladies first team beat St Ives 2nd 4-0 thanks to second-half goals from Amy Wells, Macy Carr, Ellie Holland and Karen Timby.

Long Sutton drew 2-2 at City of Peterborough 2nd with goals from Leah Goodley and Lisa Baker.