First-half goals from Joe Higgins and Dan Needham earned victory for Spalding men’s first team after a long trip to Felixstowe.
They slowly played their way into the game and built confidence in the first game of 2016.
Spalding were patient on the ball and controlled from midfield, despite Felixstowe’s efforts to disrupt the game.
After about 15 minutes the Felixstowe keeper decided he couldn’t distinguish the two kits from each other so there was a delay while Spalding put bibs on and the umpire also changed strip.
Spalding’s patience then began to run out as they flooded forward and opened the game up.
Felixstowe took advantage and went 1-0 up.
Spalding had been guilty of attacking only down the left-hand side but a reshuffle allowed them to exploit both wings with debutant James Grant performing well.
Spalding had a period of possession and won a number of free hits.
Josh Rowbottom took one of these quickly which caught Felixstowe napping and Higgins bundled the ball through the keeper to level.
The second goal came in a similar manner with Rowbottom drilling the ball into the D for Needham to deflect home, making it 2-1 at half-time.
Spalding then continued to control the ball, although ill-discipline saw two yellow cards, and the result was never really in doubt.
Long Sutton ladies first team returned from the Christmas break to beat Alford 3-2.
They went ahead thanks to skipper Leanne Woodhead but the visitors were back on level terms before half-time.
Sutton went 2-1 down but the equaliser soon came when Lyn Tancred took the ball past three defenders and slid an accurate shot between the keeper and the near post.
With around 12 minutes to go Leah Goodley received the ball on the right-hand side at the halfway line and then hit a beautiful forward ball with Woodhead diving full length to deflect the ball to Tancred’s stick. This left her through on goal and, as the keeper advanced, she coolly slipped the ball through her legs and into the goal.
Sutton’s rearranged game against league leaders St Ives was switched to Spalding on Sunday.
Keeper Lorraine Wallis was in outstanding form but the away team ran out 3-0 winners.
The ladies second team won 4-1 against Louth 2nd thanks mainly to a hat-trick by Connie Gittins. Also on target was Millie Lamming.
The men’s first team drew 2-2 at City of Peterborough 2nd with all the goals coming in the second half.
Sutton twice went in front through Danny Sisson.
Men’s Premier B: CoP 2nd 2 Long Sutton 2, Harleston Magpies 2nd 6 Saffron Walden 4, Felixstowe 1 Spalding 2, Cambridge Uni 2nd 2 Waltham Forest 4, I-ES 2 Letchworth 3.
Men’s Division One: Old Southendian 4 CoP 3rd 0, March Town 2 Pelicans 5, Bourne Deeping 4 Bishop’s Stortford 0, Cambridge City 3rd 3 West Herts 2nd 5, East London 0 Wapping 2nd 8, Chelmsford 2nd 4 Ford 6.
Men’s Division Three North West: Long Sutton 2nd 2 CoP 5th 5, Ely City 6 Louth 0, Horncastle 3 Cambridge Uni 3rd 4, St Neots 2 Cambridge City Vets 2, Cambridge South 4 Bourne Deeping 2nd 0, St Ives 2nd 5 Wisbech Town 2nd 4.
Men’s Division Four North West: CoP 6th 7 CoP 7th 2, Bourne Deeping 3rd 0 Cambridge South 2nd 3, Cambridge City 5th 4 Leadenham 0, St Ives 3rd 1 Cambridge Nomads 2nd 6, Spalding 3rd 10 Ely City 2nd 0.
Men’s Division Five North West: Alford & District 8 Long Sutton 3rd 0, March Town 2nd 3 Spalding 4th 2, Bourne Deeping 5th 1 Cambridge South 4th 0, Cambridge City 6th 0 St Neots 2nd 6, Cambridge South 3rd 2 Bourne Deeping 4th 1, St Ives 4th 9 Wisbech Town 4th 1.
Men’s Division Six North West (N): Alford & District 2nd 5 Bourne Deeping 6th 1, Leadenham 2nd 2 Grantham 0, Long Sutton 4th 4 Spalding 5th 6, Louth 2nd 3 Horncastle 2nd 4.
Women’s Division One North: Letchworth 2 Norwich City 4, Bedford 2nd 2 Norwich Dragons 2nd 2, CoP 1 Cambridge City 2nd 3, Spalding 0 Wisbech Town 4, Saffron Walden 7 Royston 1, Blueharts 0 Lindum 1.
Women’s Division Two North West: Long Sutton 3 Alford & District 2, Lindum 2nd 1 St Ives 7, Cambridge Nomads 1 Cambridge Uni 2nd 3, Wisbech Town 2nd 2 Newmarket 1, Cambridge City 3rd 3 CoP 2nd 0, Pelicans 4 St Neots 4.
Women’s Division Three North West: Bourne Deeping 5 Leadenham 0, Cambridge South 6 Huntingdon 0, St Ives 2nd 5 March Town 0, Spalding 2nd 2 Ely City 1, Newmarket 2nd 0 Cambridge Uni 3rd 7, CoP 3rd 5 Spalding 3rd 1.
Women’s Division Four North West (North): Long Sutton 2nd 4 Louth 2nd 1, Alford & District 2nd 2 Skegness 6, Bourne Deeping 2nd 3 Spilsby 3, CoP 4th 0 Wisbech Town 3rd 3, Horncastle 5 Woodhall Spa 1.
Women’s Division One North: Wisbech Town 3 Saffron Walden 1.
Women’s Division Two North West: Long Sutton 0 St Ives 3, Wisbech Town 2nd 3 Lindum 2nd 0.
Men’s Premier B: Saffron Walden v Wisbech Town, Spalding v Harleston Magpies 2nd, Waltham Forest v Felixstowe, Letchworth v Cambridge Uni 2nd, CoP 2nd v I-ES, Norwich City v Long Sutton.
Men’s Division One: Bishop’s Stortford v March Town, West Herts 2nd v Bourne Deeping, Wapping 2nd v Cambridge City 3rd, Ford v East London, Old Southendian v Chelmsford 2nd, Pelicans v CoP.
Men’s Division Three North West: Cambridge Uni 3rd v Ely City, Cambridge City Vets v Horncastle, Bourne Deeping 2nd v St Neots, Wisbech Town 2nd v Cambridge South, Long Sutton 2nd v St Ives 2nd, Louth v CoP 5th.
Men’s Division Four North West: Cambridge South 2nd v Wisbech Town 3rd, Leadenham v Bourne Deeping 3rd, Cambridge Nomads 2nd v Cambridge City 5th, Ely City 2nd v St Ives 3rd, CoP 6th v Spalding 3rd, Spalding 2nd v CoP 7th.
Men’s Division Five North West: Cambridge South 4th v March Town 2nd, St Neots 2nd v Bourne Deeping 5th, Bourne Deeping 4th v Cambridge City 6th, Wisbech Town 4th v Cambridge South 3rd, Alford & District v St Ives 4th, Spalding 4th v Long Sutton 3rd.
Men’s Division Six North West (N): Bourne Deeping 6th v Leadenham 2nd, Grantham v Alford & District 2nd, Horncastle 2nd v Long Sutton 4th, Spalding 5th v Louth 2nd.
Women’s Division One North: Cambridge City 2nd v Bedford 2nd, Wisbech Town v CoP, Royston v Spalding, Lindum v Saffron Walden, Letchworth v Blueharts, Norwich Dragons 2nd v Norwich City.
Women’s Division Two North West: Cambridge Uni 2nd v Lindum 2nd, Newmarket v Cambridge Nomads, CoP 2nd v Wisbech Town 2nd, St Neots v Cambridge City 3rd, Long Sutton v Pelicans, St Ives v Alford & District.
Women’s Division Three North West: Bourne Deeping v Spalding 2nd, St Ives 2nd v Ely City, Cambridge South v March Town, Spalding 3rd v Huntingdon, CoP 3rd v Haverhill, Newmarket 2nd v Leadenham.
Women’s Division Four North West (North): Spilsby v Alford & District 2nd, Wisbech Town 3rd v Bourne Deeping 2nd, Woodhall Spa v CoP 4th, Long Sutton 2nd v Horncastle, Skegness v Louth 2nd.
Men’s Premier B: Waltham Forest v I-ES, Cambridge Uni 2nd v CoP 2nd.
Women’s Division Two North West: Wisbech Town 2nd v Alford & District.