Hockey

Talented Spalding Grammar School teams show off impressive hockey form

Three of Spalding Grammar School’s talented hockey teams have been in fine form in their most recent fixtures. Leading the way were the under-16 side, who cruised to an 11-0 win over Stamford School A/B. Captain Josh Baker led by example with four of the goals, while Max Bland (3), Will Taylor (2), Harry Wakeham and Alex Doughty also netted. ...

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Hockey round-up: Derby dismay for Spalding as Peterborough smash six

Spalding 1st are still searching for their first win of the East Men’s Hockey League Premier A season after suffering a 6-0 derby reverse against City of Peterborough (CoP) 1st on Saturday. With CoP chasing the title and promoted Spalding bidding to launch some kind of battle for survival, there was much to play for at Glen Park. A second-minute ...

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Ladies’ hockey round-up: Wells hits double as Poachers hold rivals in thriller

An East Women’s Hockey League Division 2NW derby thriller between Spalding Poachers 1st and City of Peterborough 2nd ended in a 3-3 draw on Saturday. The Spalding ladies knew right from the start that it was going to be a tough game after wave after wave of Peterborough (CoP) attacking play at Glen Park. The defence of Sally Pilgrim, Charlotte ...

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Miserable weekend for Sutton men

Long Sutton 1st XI will be looking to end their winless run in the East Men’s Hockey League Division One this coming weekend as they visit the side just above them in the table, Cambridge Nomads. Sutton remain second from bottom in the league table after losing 5-2 at home to mid-table Broxbourne last Saturday. There was a defeat too ...

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Spalding suffer a Wapping defeat at Olympic Park

Spalding Men’s 1st XI got a taste of the high-life on Saturday as they starred at the national stadium at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. And they impressively held promotion chasing home side Wapping in the first half before succumbing to an 8-2 defeat at the £30 million Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre. The East Men’s League ...

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Hockey round-up: Late goals put the skids on Spalding’s stirring comeback

Clinical finishing was the difference as Spalding 1st failed to get their East Men’s League Premier A fixtures off to a winning start on Saturday. Spalding, who only managed to pick up two points in the first half of the season, slipped to a 9-3 defeat against an ever-improving Cambridge University 1st side at Glen Park to stay bottom. The ...

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Ladies’ hockey round-up: Long Sutton go third after firing five against promotion rivals

Five-star Long Sutton ladies’ 1st moved up to third place in the East Women’s Hockey League Division 2NW table with a huge win on Saturday. Jo Bland, Tania White, Charlie Leuty, Lisa Baker and Lyn Tancred all netted for Sutton against Cambs South 1st – who they leapfrog in the table as a result – at the Peele Leisure Centre. ...

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Ladies’ hockey round-up: Ellie’s strike not enough as Poachers are thrashed

Spalding Poachers 1st slipped to a hefty 5-1 defeat against Alford 1st in East Women’s Hockey League Division 2NW on Saturday. In what was their first game of 2018, the Poachers travelled to Skegness knowing they’d be in for a tough test. A fortunate goal came against the run of play and left Spalding behind, before a rocket from Ellie ...

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Hockey round-up: Returning Frazer shines for five-star Spalding 4th

Frazer Watt netted twice on his return from injury as Spalding 4th beat Wisbech Town 3rd 5-2 in East Men’s Hockey League Division 5NW on Saturday. It was the highlight of a two-game weekend for the Glen Park side, who also went down 2-1 at St Ives 3rd 24 hours later. On the Saturday, goals from Alex Cunnington, Ben Scholes, ...

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Hockey round-up: Derby delight for Spalding 2nd as Higgins hits timley brace

Spalding 2nd enjoyed their best moment of the East Men’s Hockey League Division 3NW season so far on Saturday as they beat rivals City of Peterborough (CoP) 4th 3-1. Despite Spalding – who had managed just one win all season prior to the derby – producing a commanding opening 20 minutes, it was CoP who opened the scoring. After the ...

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Hockey round-up: Shocking second half costs Spalding dear as winless run goes on

Survival in East Men’s Hockey League Division A now looks like a long shot for Spalding 1st after they were defeated 4-2 at fellow strugglers Saffron Walden on Saturday. Joe Rogers fired Spalding ahead after five minutes with a great short corner strike, but two soft goals were conceded before the half-time break to give the home side the advantage. ...

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Hockey round-up: Five-star derby showing from in-form Spalding Poachers

Spalding Poachers 1st continued their excellent recent form in East Women’s Hockey League with a rampant 5-0 Division 2NW victory over Wisbech Town 2nd on Saturday. Following their back-to-back weekend wins the previous week, the Poachers were full of confidence at Glen Park ahead of the visit of their struggling – but experienced – rivals from Fenland. A solo effort ...

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Hockey round-up: Rogers holds his nerve to secure Spalding 1st a draw

Joe Rogers netted a last-gasp penalty to earn Spalding 1st a 2-2 draw at fellow strugglers Blueharts 1st in East Men’s Hockey League Premier A Division on Saturday. Ahead of the clash of two of last season’s promoted sides, both needed to build on their haul of just one point from seven games – but in the end they had ...

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Top derby show sees Spalding Hockey Club teens progress in National Cup

Red-hot Spalding under-16s smashed rivals Wisbech under-16s for six in the England Hockey Boys’ National Cup. The deadlock was broken when Jacob Baker played a ball through to Robin Edlington who found Ben Scholes to rifle home the first goal of the game. Edlington then danced through the middle, evading a number of tackles before finishing with aplomb to double ...

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Hockey round-up: Unlucky 13 as Spalding 1st are mauled by Magpies

Spalding 1st were on the receiving end of a masterclass display by a ruthless Harleston Magpies team as they lost 13-0 in East Men’s Hockey League Premier A on Saturday. Travelling to Norfolk with five players unavailable, Spalding knew this was always going to be a difficult task and they weren’t allowed to settle in the pouring rain – conceding ...

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Hockey round-up: Basement battle draw gets Spalding 1st off mark in Premier A

Promoted Spalding 1st finally have their maiden East Men’s Hockey League Premier A point after a 1-1 draw with fellow strugglers Ipswich 1st – but they were left to rue late missed chances at Glen Park. With both sides having failed to register a point between them in their opening five games of the season, it looked like being an ...

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Hockey round-up: Spalding 1st’s search for first win goes on after derby defeat

A strong first-half showing ultimately counted for nothing as Spalding 1st suffered a 6-2 derby defeat at City of Peterborough 1st in East Men’s Hockey League Premier A on Saturday. Still searching for their first victory of their maiden campaign at this standard, it was 2-2 at half-time – but four unanswered second-half strikes sentenced Spalding to a fifth loss ...

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Hockey round-up: Strong show counts for little as slack spell costs Spalding 1st

Spalding 1st may have lost their fourth East Men’s Hockey League Division A game on the spin on Saturday – but they gave a good account of themselves against Wapping 1st. Promoted Spalding put in an excellent performance against a side who had been relegated from the National League last season, but ultimately lost 6-2 at Glen Park to stay ...

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Hockey round-up: Much-improved Spalding 1st feeling positive despite loss

Spalding 1st suffered their third East Men’s Hockey League Premier A defeat on the bounce on Saturday – but they very much looked like they belong at their new level in the 3-1 loss at Cambridge Uni 1st. Although results haven’t gone their way in their first season in the East League’s top flight, they were eager to put in ...

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Hockey round-up: Baker’s half dozen as Long Sutton 2nd smash Alford for 11

A double hat-trick from Josh Baker fired Long Sutton 2nd to a sensational 11-0 victory over Alford 1st in East Men’s Hockey League Division 4NW on Saturday. Having suffered a 7-3 derby defeat the previous week, Sutton firmly put that score to bed in their first home game of the season at the Peele Lesiure Centre, with Gary Hales also ...

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