Hockey

Spalding’s purring Poachers seal promotion in style

A five-star showing from Spalding Hockey Club’s leading ladies clinched promotion from East Women’s League Division 2NW on Saturday. The table-topping Poachers won 5-1 at St Neots 1st to achieve their main aim for the season – and now face a shoot-out with City of Peterborough 1st to see who will go up as champions. Two ferocious penalty corners from ...

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Connor’s hat-trick edges Spalding’s promotion dream closer

Spalding Hockey Club’s leading side moved a step closer to clinching back-to-back East Men’s League promotions with an impressive 4-1 win over free-scoring Pelicans on Saturday. The Glen Park clash served as one of the toughest remaining fixtures for the Division One leaders, with fourth-placed Pelicans arriving in town as the league’s leading scorers. Pelicans went ahead inside two minutes, ...

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Smooth show sends Spalding’s top men to summit

Spalding Hockey Club’s leading side are back on top of East Men’s League Division One after cruising to a 5-0 victory over Old Southendians on Saturday. A spectacular reverse stick strike from Stuart Cunnington put them ahead, before Connor Allen and Russ Watts got in on the act before the half-time interval. Early goals from Ashley Barker and Allen made ...

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Season’s best show from resurgent Spalding 2nd

Spalding 2nd enjoyed their best result of the campaign so far on Saturday as they upset Division 3NW high-fliers Wisbech 2nd 3-0 in East Men’s Hockey League. After a solid defensive performance in the early stages, Joe Higgins put Spalding into the lead at Glen Park with a well-placed shot. Hector Moore then added a second goal with an excellent ...

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Cunnington’s treble inspires seven-up Spalding mixed side

Spalding Hockey Club’s mixed team cruised to an emphatic 7-1 success over Lincoln Roses to make progress in the England Hockey Mixed Trophy on Sunday. Hosts Spalding struck first at Glen Park with a fine finish by ladies’ 1st team captain Kelly Tuplin after just nine minutes – but Roses equalised from a well struck penalty corner a few minutes ...

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HOCKEY: League setbacks for Spalding and Long Sutton 1sts

There were defeats for Spalding 1st and Long Sutton 1st – who are battling at opposite ends of their respective divisions – on Saturday. Division One leaders Spalding went down 5-2 in an important derby at third-placed Bourne/Deeping 1st. Spalding struggled to get out of the starting blocks and Bourne/Deeping cut through the midfield causing havoc for the first 15 ...

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HOCKEY: Katie’s assists are key to Spalding Ladies’ 1st comeback

League leaders Spalding Ladies 1st recovered from the shock of falling behind inside 60 seconds to grab a last-gasp 3-2 win at Cambridge University 2nd. They trailled 1-0 for just a minute before Katie Gray’s fine solo run set up league top scorer Kelly Tuplin. Spalding felt they should have had a penalty stroke when a penalty corner effort was ...

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HOCKEY: Charevicius is key in third straight victory

Alan Charevicius scored a goal and was instrumental in the other as Spalding 5th grabbed a 2-0 win at Bourne/ Deeping 6th on Saturday – their third straight win. Both teams started off well and looked to be evenly matched in this East League Division 6NW (N) clash. End-to-end hockey followed and, with good link-up play between Spalding’s midfield and ...

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Spalding Poachers hit summit with crushing victory

Dominant Spalding Poachers 1st roared back to the top of East Women’s Hockey League Division 2NW on Saturday with a whopping 8-2 win over hosts Ely Ladies’ 1st. They needed just 16 seconds to open the scoring as good work by Katie Gray enabled Steph Wilson to score from close range straight from the pushback. That soon became 3-0 as ...

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Spalding Hockey Club pair secure wins over rivals Long Sutton

The first round of 2015 fixtures in the East Men’s Hockey League threw up two derby games – and it was Spalding who got the better of South Holland foes Long Sutton on both occasions. The two clashes came in the bottom two divisions, with Spalding 4th edging out Sutton 3rd 3-2 and Spalding 5th then comfortably dispatching Sutton 4th ...

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HOCKEY: White and Hales goals gun down leaders

Long Sutton 4th 3 Bourne Deeping 5th 2 (replay): It took a great team performance from Sutton to conquer the league leaders. The opening salvo came from Bourne Deeping who scored first, but Sutton’s youngsters are not short of confidence and Tom Burton, Ed Lanning, Kieran Forrest and Lewis Shooter all defended well. Ian White found Gary Hales with a raking through ...

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Hat-trick hero Stuart signs Spalding off in style

A Stuart Cunnington hat-trick ensured that in-form Spalding 1st go in to the East Men’s Hockey League winter break in the most commanding of positions. Ace goal-getter Cunnington notched all three goals as the Division One leaders made it ten wins on the trot with a hard-fought 3-2 triumph at Colchester 1st on Saturday. Table-topping Spalding end 2014 with a ...

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Seven-up Long Sutton girls produce perfect performance

Long Sutton’s top ladies’ side smashed rivals Bourne/Deeping 1st 7-0 on Saturday to keep themselves firmly in the East Women’s League Division 2NW title mix. As has been the norm in most games this season, Sutton started with tremendous tempo and pace right from the off – and within the first minute Robyn Gribble had a run from midfield and ...

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Hockey: Storming first half by league leaders Spalding Ladies 1st

Division 2NW leaders Spalding Ladies 1st blew away Pelicans with all four unanswered goals in a terrific first half. They started superbly, with a penalty corner finished in typical style by Kelly Slater. A piece of individual brilliance from Katie Gray made it 2-0. She picked the ball up wide left, went past four players before casually rounding the keeper ...

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Hockey: Spalding 2nd through to national quarter-final

Spalding won the battle of the two underdogs left in the national 2nd XI cup, seeing off Norwich Dragons 6-1 to reach the quarter-finals. Glenn Perkins put them ahead from a short corner and set up Joe Higgins for 2-0. Even though the game was even, Spalding went into the break 3-0 ahead when Hector Moore – with his back ...

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Hockey: Long Sutton can rest assured after slick success

Long Sutton Men’s 1st go into a two-week break full of confidence after a 4-0 win over City of Peterborough 2nd in Premier B on Saturday. Sutton’s slick hockey and hard work was too much for COP, who were forced into many mistakes. Harrison intercepted a 16-yard hit and slotted the ball to Fyson who finished superbly into the net ...

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Hockey: Spalding Ladies’ great time in league and cup

Spalding Ladies 1st hit the top of East League Division 2NW after deposing City of Peterborough with a 3-1 win in Surfleet. And on Sunday they won through to round three of the HA Cup, beating higher league Watton 3-2. Saturday’s league match was a very tight affair with Spalding giving everything against a quick and well disciplined city side. ...

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Karen’s cracker delivers derby delight for Spalding

A Karen Timby winner ensured that Spalding Poachers edged a tight derby with rivals Long Sutton ladies 2-1 in East Women’s League Division 2NW. On a foggy day at the Peele Leisure Centre, it was never going to be the terrific tussle that you’d expect between two of the division’s top three. It was nip and tuck in the first ...

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Cup penalty woe for impressive Spalding Hockey Club’s men

Spirited Spalding 1st were knocked out of the England Hockey NOW Pensions Trophy on penalty flicks after a thrilling 4-4 draw with higher-graded Norwich City 1st on Sunday. The second round clash was in intriguing one for promotion-chasing Spalding, against a Norwich side performing well in the Premier B division they hope to be competing in next season. However, it ...

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High-flying Spalding Poachers march past Saints

Spalding Poachers 1st remain in the East League Division 2NW title picture after thrashing St Neots ladies’ 1st 4-0 on Saturday. On a wet day at fortress Glen Park, Kelly Slater opened the scoring with a well-worked penalty corner routine. Katie Gray then lashed number two into the roof of the net after using her blistering pace. It was 3-0 ...

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