Spalding Hockey Club’s Second team took on an experienced Cambridge City Vets side on Saturday.
The visiting Cambridge outfit came into the game having won six of their opening seven fixtures.
The first half was a very even affair, with both sides limited to short corners as the only real goal threat.
In the second half, Spalding took more control of the game and went into the lead after good work on the left from Darren Grooby. Whilst both teams stopped to await a short corner, James Stone kept his cool to slot home and give Spalding the lead.
Spalding continued to press and looked likely to double their lead as the away team started to tire.
The Vets were again being limited to short corner chances but, with 10 minutes to go, one of these was converted by the away side to level the scores.
Pressing for a winner, Spalding had the Cambridge side on the back foot and forced them to clear their lines to the end.
The score remained at 1-1, with Nathan Davy making a fine save late on to preserve the point for Spalding from a very entertaining game.
Darren Grooby was a constant threat down the left for Spalding and Dan Adams put in a man of the match display.
Spalding Men’s Third team expected a tough game when they visited Bourne/Deepings seconds.
After soaking up the early pressure, Spalding took the lead through Tom Shinkins after good work by Tim Maltby and Ryan Davy.
Spalding then started to press the Bourne/Deepings back line and were rewarded when a neat pass down the line from Steve Rogers found Tim Maltby. He swept the ball across the goal to Stuart Ruskin who managed to force the ball goalbound and won a flick, which Ryan Davy confidently dispatched past the keeper to put Spalding 2-0 ahead.
Bourne/Deepings, then penned Spalding in their own half and were rewarded when they scored with two minutes to go in the first half.
Tom Davy made some fine saves as Bourne/Deepings continued to force short corners and in the end they managed to convert one to make the final score 2-2.
Spalding Men’s Fourth team marched on with another convincing victory, this time putting Wisbech Men’s Fourth to the sword 8-1.
Wisbech defended resolutely in the opening period to contain the home side, but goals from James Mayhew, Lawrence Smith-Hughes and Max Bland settled any early nerves.
Spalding continued to score regularly with the visitors gaining a late consolation. Spalding scorers were James Mayhew (2) Shaun Dewing (2), Lawrence Smith-Hughes, Max Bland, Kieren Scholes and Ben Scholes.