TIGHT TUSSLE: Match action from Sutton 1st's win over Spalding 1st. Photo by KEN SMITH

Hockey round-up: Long Sutton 2nd seal Division 4NW title with emphatic win

Prolific Long Sutton 2nd were crowned champions of East Men’s Hockey League Division 4NW in typical style on Saturday as they smashed Cambridge Nomads 2nd 6-2 to clinch the crown.

A hat-trick from the in-form Josh Fyson was the highlight for Sutton, while Luke Jackson, James Collingwood-Smith and Tyler Hagan also weighed in with goals on a big day for the team.

Sutton have now won 17 of their 20 games this season, losing just once – making them worthy champions.

In the same division, second-placed Spalding 3rd remain on course for promotion after a 2-1 win at Wisbech Town 3rd. Kieran Scholes and Ben Scholes settled that derby.

Fourth-placed Spalding 2nd beat Cambridge City 5th 8-5 in a 13-goal thriller at Glen Park. Glenn Perkins (3), Glenn Richardson (2) and Pete Wright (2) got the goals.

Up in Premier B, Spalding 1st had a two-game weekend as they moved out of the bottom two. On Saturday, they were hammered 6-1 at relegation rivals Waltham Forest

1st despite Stu Cunnington’s consolation.

They fared better on Sunday, though, beating rivals COP 2nd 5-3. A Cunnington hat-trick and Glenn Richardson’s double secured what could be a pivotal win for Spalding in the race for survival.

In Division 2N, Long Sutton 1st’s picked up a 4-2 triumph over Norwich Dragons.

Alex Canham, man-of-the-match Sam Markille and Josh Baker (2) bagged the goals in that one.

Down in Division 5NW, Spalding 4th enjoyed a 3-1 win over Leadenham 2nd to move clear of the bottom two.

In Division 6NW (N), Long Sutton 3rd enjoyed a 5-2 triumph over Alford 2nd with Ian White (2), Adam Pack, Josh Norey and man-of-the-match Dan Oldfield all amongst the goals.

Spalding 5th were 3-0 victors at Bourne Deeping 6th at the same standard.

  • Long Sutton ladies’ 1st took the South Holland bragging rights in East Women’s League Division 2N as they beat Spalding Poachers 1st 1-0 on Saturday.

A 14th-minute strike from Amber Jones settled the derby at Glen Park.

Connie Gittins picked the ball off off a Spalding player on the 25-yard line and turned towards goal. Linking with her sister Emmy Gittins, they passed their way through the remaining defenders before slipping the ball across to Jones, who lifted her strike beyond the keeper and into the roof of the net.

The victory moves Sutton clear of the drop zone, but Spalding are now just one point clear of the bottom two.

In Division 3NW, Bury St Edmunds 2nd handed Splading 2nd a 2-0 reverse, while Spalding 3rd were beaten 4-0 at home by Bourne Deeping 2nd in Division 4NW (N).

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