Sutton top of the pack
Long Sutton 1st 7, Kettering 2nd 2
Following on from last week’s tight win against bottom of the league Louth, Sutton welcomed both top-scorer Joshua Baker and the ever-reliant Jacob Synnott back into the fold for their latest’s game.
Sutton were dominant as Baker chipped in with four goals, Brad Seargeant scored a brace and Joshua Fyson also got his goal as Sutton moved to the top of Division 3NW,while still unbeaten for the season.
Long Sutton 2nd 1, Spalding 2nd 0
On a wet Saturday, both teams started at a high tempo and a good standard of hockey was on show.
Sutton’s defence were well-drilled, with good games for Adam Taylor, Stefan Fox and Michael Donaghy who were led by the inspired Tom Baguley in what was his best game of the season so far.
Backed up by excellent support in midfield from Cameron Ibrahim and Edmund White, Sutton grew into the game, with Alex Canham stretching the play in the Spalding half.
McKenzie East, Dominic Ibrahim and Olly Taylor worked hard, while Adam Wiles was always a threat, working along the forward line with Sam Gray driving forward from midfield to support the attackers.
With few chances on goal in the first period, the game moved into the second when Sutton won a short corner, which Stefan Fox slipped through to Gray who put it into the net.
Despite late Spalding pressure, during which they saw a goal disallowed, Sutton stood up to the task bravely and got themselves the victory.
Long Sutton Ladies 1st 0, Cambridge University 3rd 4
Sutton will certainly want to forget their last game before the month-long lockdown it as they lost at home to fifth-placed Cambridge University by a big margin.
The defeat came after an impressive away win at St Ives a week earlier and Sutton stay in eighth place after what was their third loss of the season.
Louth Ladies 2nd 3, Long Sutton Ladies 2nd 0
Sutton came back from Louth without anything to show for their efforts in a game that was played on a wet and windy day.
The game began evenly, with both teams well-matched and some good link-up play from Charlene Leuty, Esme Whitelam and Imogen Cooper.
But it was Louth who scored on the break, over-running the Sutton D with players and capitalising on any mistakes.
Emily Braginton made some good saves throughout the first half to keep the scoreline at 1-0 before the break.
The second half began with Sutton applying pressure but they couldn’t capitalise and soon found themselves 2-0 down.
Sutton then had Braginton injured and, without a keeper for the rest of the game, Louth scored a third goal to seal their win.
Cambridge South 4th 2, Spalding 3rd 4
Spalding followed up last week’s demolition of Bourne Deeping 4th with another win, but this time it was with a two-goal buffer.
A hat-trick from Jacob Drew, which saw him move to seven goals in his last two games, and one for Michael Morris saw Spalding take the victory.
The win lifted Spalding to second in Division 5NW, only three points behind unbeaten leaders Horncastle.
Spalding 4th 7, Wisbech Town 4th 0
A demolition of Wisbech saw Spalding move up to third in Division 6NW(N) , three points behind Alford and District 2nd and four points behind leaders Long Sutton 3rd.
In a match that took place at Glen Park, Surfleet, a multitude of goalscorers got the job done for Spalding.
A brace from both Oliver Baker and Oliver Dring, and goals each for Jack Martin, Adolfo Chantre and Harry Naylor gave Spalding their second consecutive win, leaving them unbeaten in three matches.
Spalding Ladies 1st 2, Cambridge City 4th 1
Spalding finally got their first three points of the season after their 2-2 draw against Cambridge University 3rd last week.
The game was originally delayed after a monsoon-like downpour temporarily flooded the pitch.
But as the rain eased off and the match finally got under way, it was Spalding who got off to the better start.
Midfielder Angelina Harkus capitalised on early pressure with a deft finish into the net after just three minutes.
As their confidence grew, Spalding created further chances before Cambridge pounced on the advantage offered to them by the umpire as the home defence stopped and the equalising goal was conceded.
Caly Priestley then found possession in the D after a mistake by the City defence and although her shot was stopped by a defender’s foot, with the City keeper beaten, Player of the Match Mia Dewing was able to put away the resulting penalty stroke.
Despite going into the second half in an unfamiliar position out in front, Spalding held firm and got the three points they were lookinge for.
City of Peterborough 3rd 1, Spalding 2nd 0
With the heavens opening up just before play was about to start, Spalding began the game in positive fashion, embracing the elements as they came.
It was a very end-to-end game, but despite this, it was City of Peterborough who got the first and only goal with a penalty flick being converted.
Spalding didn’t let their heads drop as they continued to attack with menace and they were awarded plenty of short corners, but they couldn’t dispatch of them.
Excellent communication between Karen Timby and Leanne Isaac-Pick allowed the central defence to stay solid.
Player of the match, Gaby Taylor, made outstanding saves, pounding balls out of the goal at all angles.
The league leaders, however, held on for all three points against a young and developing Spalding side.
Bourne Deeping 3rd 2, Spalding 3rd 1
Spalding suffered back-to back losses in two weeks with a disappointing result in Division 4NW(N) at second-placed Bourne Deeping.
Samantha Foston got the only goal for Spalding who are now fifth in the league.
But they are now winless in their last three games after starting the season with two straight victories.