Spalding claim promotion place

Spalding ladies second team on the attack against Skegness
Spalding ladies second team on the attack against Skegness
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Spalding ladies first team have secured promotion with five games to go.

The hard-fought 3-0 victory at Cambridge Nomads – along with Long Sutton’s 2-2 draw against Cambridge University 2nd – ensured that they will be going up at the end of this season.

On 11 minutes a stray pass was intercepted by Katie Gray who used her speed and skill to breach the Nomads defence before playing the ball back to in-form Kelly Tuplin who finished from close range.

From the restart Nomads pressed Spalding well and gave them little time on the ball but from a rare attack Spalding gained a penalty corner which was finished well by Kelly Slater.

Nomads were denied on several occasions by some fine goalkeeping by player of the match Donna Chester-O’Neill.

At the other end Spalding were spurning a lot of chances until Gray made amends with a solo goal after 47 minutes.

The second team beat Skegness 4-2 with goals from Charlotte Morris, Holly Hetherington, Kate Beeson and AJ Bunyan.

Spalding 3rd recorded a fifth successive win with a 4-1 verdict over Long Sutton 2nd.

Emma Gent’s first-half double was followed by strikes from Ellie Holland and Lauren Pitts.

The men’s first team ran out 4-1 winners against Pelicans, the league’s highest scorers who went ahead after just two minutes with a well-worked goal.

Stuart Cunnington levelled the scores before Connor Allen put Spalding ahead from the penalty spot midway through the first half and then added number three with a sweet strike just before the interval.

Although he saw a penalty flick strike the post, Allen was able to complete a well-taken hat-trick before the end as Spalding close in on back-to-back promotions.

The second team went down 10-0 at runaway league leaders Cambridge Nomads.

Skipper Steve Rogers led a strong third team to victory against mid-table Nomads 2nd to keep their promotion hopes alive. Sam Sly, Rob Tilbrook, Tom Shinkins (2) and Joe Doolan made it 5-2.

Spalding 4th were hit for six without reply at Cambridge City 5th.