Spalding Hockey Club’s junior players rounded off a spectacular season as their under-14 mixed team clinched the Lincolnshire Cup at Glen Park.
The Under-14A team, playing as Spalding Lions, started their league programme on Sunday against Lindum with a nervy 1-0 win, Jacob Baker putting home a penalty.
The Lions were made to work hard by the club’s second string, Spalding Tigers, in the second game but a brace from Jacob Baker and a neat finish from James Mayhew made it 3-0.
The Lions really found their rhythm in the third game against Louth and put the North Lincolnshire side to the sword.
Jacob Baker netted seven times with contributions from Charlotte Maplethorpe, Max Bland and Frazer Wattracking in a fantastic 10-0 win.
Sleaford also came under the hammer in the fourth game as the Spalding Lions continued to dominate.
Baker was once again at the forefront with five goals, with Frazer Watt and William Wright contributing to an impressive 7-0 win.
This set up a final clash against Long Sutton A who had won all four of their games.
An early strike from James Mayhew put them ahead and, although Sutton equalised through Josh Baker with just two minutes remaining, Spalding had done enough to clinch the title.
The club’s second string went close to getting points from Sleaford and Lindum before securing a morale-boosting win over Louth.
The Under-12s season came to an end in spectacular fashion with all three teams winning silverware, in just the two leagues.
The Lions kept their incredible unbeaten record for the season in Division A intact, whilst the Panthers and Tigers final game proved key to who would win Division B and went to the wire.
The Lions opened their final campaign with an emphatic 6-0 win against Sleaford, with Tom Amess, Tom Bland (2) and Joe Maltby (3) scoring the goals.
Over on the other pitch in Division B, the Tigers drew 1-1 with Long Sutton B thanks to Charlie Smith’s strike.
The Panthers followed straight afterwards against Long Sutton C and a very confident display saw them record a fine 4-0 victory, with Harry Naylor (2), George Morris and Eleanor Mowbray (with her first ever goal) on the scoresheet.
Lions started their second set of games with a tense 2-0 victory over Long Sutton through goals from Tom Bland and Joe Maltby (penalty stroke).
Tigers then matched Panthers by beating Long Sutton C 4-0, with Charlie Smith and Joshua Bouchereau (3) the goalscorers. Panthers, edged out BDHC Griffins 1-0 as George Morris scored the only goal of the game to keep their 100 per cent record.
The third round of games saw Lions beat a tough Louth side 2-0, with George Halgarth scoring with a wonderful volley from Tom Amess’ high pass before he converted from close range.
Charlie Smith was the match-winner as Tigers beat BDHC Griffins 1-0, while George Morris was the goalscorer for the Panthers in a 1-1 draw with Long Sutton B.
Lions eventually clinched their success in the penultimate game as they defeated Lindum 2-0 through goals from George Halgarth and Joe Maltby.
The final game for the Spalding sides on the second pitch was the derby between Panthers and Tigers who both had identical records.
A cracking contest saw the honours finish even in a 2-2 draw, with Alexander Learwood-Griffiths and Charlie Smith netting for Tigers. Harry Naylor and Eleanor Mowbray replied for Panthers.
Both sides had matched Long Sutton B’s points total, but they had a better goal difference and were crowned joint champions of the B Division, giving Spalding a clean sweep of the leagues.
The Lions rounded off the tournament with a 1-0 win over Bourne Deeping Dragons, with Joe Maltby netting to complete a magnificent 100-goal personal haul for the season.