Hockey

Spalding Poachers pipped in final as Lindum defend their county crown

It was heartache for Spalding Poachers 1st as they lost a tight Lincolnshire Ladies’ Hockey Cup final 1-0 against defending champions Lindum 1st on Thursday night. Lindum, who play in a league above Spalding, started strongly and soon put the home defence under pressure before being rewarded with a goal after just six minutes with a neat finish after a ...

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Spalding Hockey Club’s men cap historic season by winning county crown

Having already sealed a first-ever promotion to East Men’s Hockey League Premier A, red-hot Spalding 1st added the Lincolnshire Cup to their trophy cabinet on Sunday. They beat neighbours Bourne Deeping 3-1 in a tense penalty shuttle shoot-out after a thrilling final, with the scores locked level at 4-4 at Glen Park. Bourne Deeping, who have gained promotion to Premier ...

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Hockey round-up: Promoted Spalding 1st sign off stellar season in style

Having already clinched promotion to East Men’s Hockey League Premier A, Spalding 1st completed their campaign with a big 7-3 success at West Herts 2nd on Saturday. Connor Allen and Stuart Cunnington found the net for Spalding in a closely contested first half, but they found themselves trailing 3-2 at the break. Deciding that they wanted to finish the season ...

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Hockey round-up: Draw clinches historic promotion to Premier A for Spalding 1st

A hard-fought draw at fellow promotion candidates Norwich City on Saturday saw Spalding 1st clinch promotion to the East Men’s Hockey League Premier A division for the first time in the club’s history. Spalding had the ideal start when short corner specialist Stuart Cunnington whipped home one of his trademark flicks in the second minute. Both sides struggled at times ...

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Hockey round-up: Spalding 1st see their title hopes crushed by derby defeat

Spalding 1st saw their title dream in East Men’s Hockey League Premier B dashed by CoP 2nd on Saturday as the city side clinched the crown with a 3-2 victory at Glen Park. Hosts Spalding started the top-of-the-table clash much the better at Surfleet – and went ahead when Stuart Cunnington set up Glen Richardson, who showed immaculate touch and ...

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Hockey round-up: Champions Spalding 4th complete perfect season in typical fashion

Spalding 4th completed a flawless season in East Men’s Hockey League Division 6NW (N) with another huge win on Saturday. They thrashed Alford 2nd 11-1 at Glen Park, with Shaun Dewing and Jeremy Watt both firing four, while Max Bland (2) and Bailey Harker also bagged. The champions won all 18 of their league games, scoring 114 and shipping just ...

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Men’s hockey round-up: Promotion bid is still on track after battling Spalding 1st success

Promotion from East Men’s Hockey League Premier B remains a realistic aim for Spalding 1st after a hard-fought 3-1 win over Wisbech Town on Saturday. They remain in the box seat for second place with four games to go after the Glen Park success over a Wisbech outfit that belied their lowly league placing. The visitors started brightly and soon ...

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Women’s hockey round-up: Ace AJ bags four as Poachers pummel struggling Wisbech

Spalding Poachers 2nd produced a devastating display to wallop Wisbech 3rd 11-0 in East Women’s Hockey League Division 3NW on Saturday. Knowing that winless Wisbech were rooted to the foot of the table, Spalding knew that the Glen Park clash would be a good game to try out new positions and formations. It was a very slow game from start ...

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Hockey round-up: Flawless Spalding 4th bring up century en-route to clinching crown

Irresistible Spalding 4th clinched the East Men’s Hockey League Division 6NW (N) title and notched up 100 goals for the season as they beat Long Sutton 3rd 3-0 on Saturday. With just two games remaining, the Spalding side are also on the verge of a flawless season as they made it 16 wins from as many matches. Bailey Harker picked ...

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Hockey round-up: Spalding 1st’s promotion bid gathers more pace after latest Cunnington treble

Depleted Spalding 1st picked up a 5-3 win at struggling Felixstowe on Saturday to keep their East Men’s Hockey League Premier B promotion hopes very much on track. Despite missing a host of players, third-placed Spalding were soon ahead when Stuart Cunnington drilled home a  short corner. They continued to dominate for long periods and two more strikes from top ...

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Six-y show seals third place for impressive Spalding Hockey Club teens

Spalding’s under-14 boys completed their England Hockey under-14 Championship programme with an outstanding 6-0 victory over Staffordshire based Lichfield at Glen Park on Sunday. The victory made it three wins – they also beat City of Peterborough (6-0) and Loughborough (8-0) – from the five games and means that the lads have finished in a very commendable third place in ...

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Women’s hockey round-up: Clinical Poachers end Long Sutton’s streak in derby

A clinical display from Spalding Poachers 1st saw them defeat in-form South Holland rivals Long Sutton 1st in East Women’s Hockey League Division 2NW on Saturday. Kelly Slator (2) and Lottie Boreham grabbed the goals for Spalding at the Peele Leisure Centre to end Sutton’s six-game unbeaten streak. Spalding got first reward for their early endeavours with Sutton conceding a ...

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Men’s hockey round-up: Spalding 1st hit back to reignite promotion bid

Spalding 1st bounced back from a disappointing defeat the previous week to get their promotion push back on track with a 3-2 victory over Waltham Forest 1st in East Men’s Hockey League on Saturday. Hosts Spalding started the Premier B clash well at Glen Park as they moved the ball around well – and were duly rewarded when Stuart Cunnington ...

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Hockey round-up: Second-half collapse costs Spalding men’s 1st dear

A sloppy second half cost Spalding 1st dear on Saturday as they lost 4-3 to Premier B promotion rivals Ipswich/East Suffolk in East Men’s Hockey League. Spalding started well and went 1-0 up after Glenn Richardson danced around the keeper before shelling the ball towards goal for Harry Vickers to deflect into an empty net. Despite Spalding controlling much of ...

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It’s lucky 13 for Spalding Hockey Club 4th team after latest success

There looks to be no stopping red-hot Spalding 4th in East Men’s Hockey League Division 6NW (N). The table-toppers made it a perfect 13 wins from 13 games with a 3-0 triumph over second-placed Leadenham 2nd on Saturday to go eight points clear of their nearest rivals. However, for the first time this season, Spalding were at least made to ...

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Five-star Spalding get their 2017 fixtures off to the best possible start

Spalding 1st kicked off their 2017 East Men’s Hockey League fixtures with a fantastic 5-2 thrashing of fellow Premier B high-fliers Blueharts on Saturday. Showing no sign of rustiness following the winter break, Spalding goal machine Stuart Cunnington inspired the victory with yet another hat-trick that leaves his side third in the table. Hosts Spalding had the better of the ...

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Top teamwork as Spalding Poachers earn hard-fought victory over Lincolnshire rivals

A top team display saw Spalding Poachers 1st return to East Women’s Hockey League action with a 3-1 success at Bourne Deeping 1st on Saturday. After a determined opening on a very cold afternoon, Kelly Slater opened the scoring after Maisie Dobbs launched the ball into the D. The hosts hit back with a controversial goal to level the scores, ...

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Five-star opening sees Spalding 3rd net scalp

Spalding 3rd produced a stunning first half performance to claim the scalp of high-flying St Neots on Saturday with a 5-3 home win at Glen Park in Division 3NW. All of Spalding’s goals came in the opening period as their flying start was rewarded by Tim Maltby’s opening goal. Although the visitors equalised, Spalding were not deterred and Steve Rogers ...

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Sutton stung after double injury blow

A double injury blow damaged Long Sutton’s chances of victory in their Division One clash at Wapping 2nd on Saturday.   Tom Baguley and Jamie Featherstone were both receiving treatment when Wapping scored the opening goal with Sutton two players down.   The hosts then extended their lead late in the first half before Sutton rallied after the break.   ...

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Relentless Spalding 4th hit seven to stay perfect at half-way stage of season

Flawless Spalding 4th have reached the midway stage of the East Men’s Hockey League Division 6NW (N) season with a perfect record after thrashing Alford 2nd 7-1 on Saturday. The table-toppers, who have scored 63 times and conceded just six times en-route to nine wins from as many matches, regularly field as many as seven young players in their side, ...

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