Spalding denied by late equaliser
HAVERING 1, SPALDING 1
Spalding started the game strong with high pressure on Havering causing absolute chaos.
Keeping the ball well and holding most of the possession, Spalding were the first to strike a blow with a quick ball across the goal tapped in. However, this was disallowed with Spalding confused as to why.
The half time whistle was a relief for Havering as Spalding were well in control.
The visitors started the second half well and, following some smart play down the centre of the pitch, a snapshot was saved by the keeper and Will Baker slotted in the rebound.
Havering then started to pile the pressure on and managed to equalise with just three minutes left.
St Ives 1, Long Sutton 2
Sutton started the game well, with Fox restored to the defence and Ellis alongside Jacob Synott in midfield.
Ed White was restored to the flanks to add support to the full backs and Sutton looked structured in defence with Harry Synott and Tom Burton ably supporting Fox and Baguley in the middle.
The defence was helped by intelligent midfield play by man of the match Synott and Ellis with Baker, Canham, Taylor, Collingwood Smith and White pressing high up to restrict time on the ball for the opposition.
While both teams had chances, the score remained 0-0 at half time.
Sutton started well in the second half and, after some excellent work from White, the ball made its way to Baker who scored to make it 1-0.
St Ives then piled the pressure on Sutton and equalised when their winger got behind the Sutton defence to cross it for an easy finish.
Sutton heads did not drop and 10 minutes from the end Baker cut into the D following a mazy run and, as he was winding up to shoot, was tripped. He was awarded a flick which he duly despatched to win the three points.
Spalding 2nd 6, Ely 1st 1
Despite a sluggish start, Spalding dominated possession and came out on top.
They had to come back from behind after Sullivan Smith inadvertently turned the ball into his own net during a first 20 minutes in which they dominated possession but lacked accuracy in their passing.
Past this point, however, Spalding took control and a brilliantly deflected short corner by Tim Maltby and a short corner bullet by Jacob Baker gave them a 2 - 1 lead at half time.
The second half was a one-sided affair and a flick won by Jacob Baker was converted by Will Steed before a brace from Steve Rogers and Jacob Baker’s second goal.
Kettering 2nd 9, Spalding 3rd 2 (Jacob Drew, Daniel Plant).
Spalding 4th 3, Wisbech 3rd 5 (Dave Burrell, Oliver Smith, Richard Hayter).
City of Peterborough 8th 2, Spalding 5th 1 (Oli Baker).
Alford Ladies 2nd 1, Spalding Ladies 2nd 2
Lisa Caesar donned the pads this week to cover the goalkeeper shortage.
The defence had promised her to keep the ball out and they certainly kept their promise.
The joint player of the match Sharon Amess, in her position at the back dazzled everyone and linked beautifully with her defence and midfielders.
Balls were getting through constantly to the attackers of Amy Naylor, Kate Amess and Sam Foston and shots were fired towards the brilliant Alford keeper – many agonisingly just going wide of the goal.
Before half time, Spalding went behind when Alford managed to grab a short corner, which was almost saved by the solid defender Lisa Dean.
The visitors were not disheartened and a short corner strike led to several passes to Terri Bateman making it 1-1.
After the break, Elaine Allen, Milly Hastings and Maisie Foden were superb, breaking down much of the Alford play and sending the ball towards the attacking D where Georgia Smith was waiting. Ali Wilson, returning after a few weeks off, hit the winner after a short corner from Charlotte Morris.
Long Sutton Ladies 2nd 0, March Ladies 1st 7
This was a poor performance by Long Sutton and the score would have been worse had their keeper not saved a flick and if player of the match Martha Hoyles had not played so well.