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PHOTO GALLERY: Spalding ladies are staying up

Spalding ladies gained three points from their penultimate game to ensure Division Two NW status.

A confident start saw Spalding pass the ball around well and creating good attacking opportunities.

After penalty corners had failed to find the mark, a slip to player-of-the-match Kelly Slater on the left post put the home team in front.

However, their lead was short-lived when a failed attempt at a defensive pass conceded possession and the ball somehow eluded defenders and keeper to trickle into the goal.

Claire Hindmarsh then picked out a fantastic long pass to Lyn Sullivan at the top of the D and she added to her season’s tally with a calm, unstoppable finish.

Cambridge City continued to apply the pressure, forcing Spalding into a narrow game which restricted their attacking options.

Relief came after some excellent work down the right-hand side from Mia Deing gave the chance for Maddie Haunch to provide the relative comfort of a two-goal lead.

As Spalding continued to push forward, they were caught out at the back when City overloaded the D and scored their second with just five minutes remaining.

But Spalding held firm to take the points and guarantee their safety.

Meanwhile, Rob Dalton got the only goal as Spalding men’s first team travelled to newly-promoted East London.

Fine goalkeeping from man-of-the-match Nathan Davy meant the scoreline was blank at half-time level.

Spalding upped the tempo which resulted in well-earned short corners, one of which was calmly executed into the top corner by Dalton.

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