Hockey

Ever-improving Gosberton Risegate impress at latest hockey tournament

Close to 170 youngsters from 14 different primary schools formed 20 teams to contest the second of five tournaments at Spalding Hockey Club on Friday. As per the normal format, the teams were split into four ability groups; advanced, intermediate and two beginner leagues. In the advanced league, reigning champions St Norbert’s continued their winning ways with four wins. A ...

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Hockey round-up: Humbling defeat for Spalding 1st, Long Sutton 1st grab impressive win

High-flying Dereham 1st smashed Spalding 1st 7-0 in East Men’s Hockey League Premier B Division on Saturday as an impressive first half counted for little. On a fast and greasy surface that suited Spalding’s intricate style of play, the visitors quickly settled into the game against a Dereham side unbeaten in their previous three games. Despite forcing a number of ...

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Hockey round-up: Poachers take the derby spoils with narrow Sutton success

Ellie Pybus netted a classy winner 15 minutes from time to secure Spalding Poachers 1st a 1-0 derby victory at rivals Long Sutton 1st in East Women’s Hockey League Division 2NW on Saturday. Both sides have endured slow starts to the season, with just one point separating the pair ahead of the clash at the Peele Leisure Centre. Spalding failed ...

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Hockey round-up: Two hit trebles in gr-eight win for Spalding 3rd

Both Ben Scholes and Glenn Richardson helped themselves to hat-tricks as Spalding 3rd romped to an 8-0 win at Alford 1st on Saturday. Daniel Dorey Rodriguez and Frazer Watt were also on target for Spalding in the East Men’s Hockey League Division 4NW clash, which leaves them third in the table. The two sides above them are both South Holland-based, ...

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Hockey round-up: Cunnington’s late strike rescues a point for Spalding 1st

Spalding 1st are still seeking their first away win of the East Men’s Hockey League Premier B season after being held to a 1-1 draw at Ipswich East Suffolk 1st on Saturday. The Spalding men made one of their strongest starts to a game this season, but found themselves 1-0 down at half-time following a counter attack from the hosts. ...

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Hockey round-up: Spalding 1st flying high in table after battling Shefford and Sandy success

Spalding 1st climbed up to third in the East Men’s Hockey League Premier B table with a 2-1 victory over Shefford and Sandy 1st on Saturday. Steve Rogers volleyed Spalding into a 1-0 half-time lead at Glen Park, but the visitors levelled 17 minutes from time from a penalty flick. However, Josh Rowbottom met Jake Baker’s perfect cross to fire ...

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Hockey round-up: Spalding denied victory by debatable late penalty in derby duel

Spalding 1st were denied an East Men’s Hockey League Premier B derby victory at City of Peterborough 2nd by a controversial late strike on Saturday. The clash ended 2-2 with Spalding having led 2-0, but they were ultimately denied by a questionable late penalty flick awarded for the use of a foot. Josh Rowbottom slotted home the opening goal for ...

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Hockey round-up: Cunnington hits treble as Spalding smash West Herts for six

Captain Stuart Cunnington helped himself to a hat-trick in Spalding 1st’s super 6-1 victory over West Herts 2nd in East Men’s Hockey League Premier B on Saturday. Bidding to bounce back after losing their last game, Spalding played dominant hockey throughout and raced to a 2-0 lead after 15 minutes thanks to a brace from Cunnington. Hungry to finish the ...

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Hockey round-up: Ten-man Spalding are punished by Wapping

Spalding 1st paid the price for going a man down as they suffered a 2-1 defeat at Wapping in the East Men’s Hockey League’s Premier B division on Saturday. Fresh of the back of their first win of the season the previous week, Spalding faced a long trip down to the Olympic Stadium’s Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre amid ...

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Hockey round-up: Glen’s penalty steers Spalding to first victory

Spalding 1st secured their first win of the new East Men’s Hockey League Premier B season as they beat Blueharts 1st 2-1 on Saturday. It was always likely to be a close clash between two sides that have been promoted and relegated together in each of the past two campaigns. The away side struck first at Glen Park with a ...

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Hockey round-up: Spalding share eight goals in derby cracker with Bourne Deeping

Spalding 1st battled out a 4-4 draw with neighbours Bourne/Deeping 1st in their East Men’s Hockey League Premier B opener on Saturday. Relegated last season, Spalding will have been happy enough with the share of the spoils in the away fixture ahead of this Saturday’s home opener against Blueharts (1.30pm). A new-look Spalding 2nd went down 3-1 at home to ...

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Ex-England ace Taylor returning for summer camp at Spalding Hockey Club

Former England ace Matt Taylor is once again bringing his expert summer hockey camp back to Spalding Hockey Club. The club are delighted that Taylor, who is the current Director of Hockey at Nottingham University, will be bringing his coaching team of international players to Glen Park again. This is the seventh year that Taylor has held the two-day camp ...

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Boost for Long Sutton Hockey Club as new coaches arrive to drive teams forward

This season will see an exciting new coaching set up for the senior teams at Long Sutton Hockey Club – and they are hoping it’ll help them attract new players. The ladies’ section have just secured Neil Evans on a two-year coaching deal and are looking forward to further improving both teams, a process he began last season. Evans has ...

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St Norbert’s land a third league crown

The finals of the Spalding Primary Schools Hockey Tournaments – hosted by Spalding Hockey Club – were held at Glen Park last week. Some 17 teams from 14 primary schools (around 150 youngsters in total) competed in four graded leagues in a hugely successful conclusion to the season. The teams were placed in advance, intermediate and two beginner leagues. The ...

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Hockey round-up: Heavy loss confirms Spalding’s relegation

A crushing 10-2 home defeat against Harleston Magpies on Saturday saw Spalding 1st’s relegation from East Men’s Hockey League Premier A confirmed on Saturday. In what is their first-ever season at this standard, Spalding have managed just two wins and three draws from 21 games so far and will conclude their campaign at Chelmsford on April 7. Saturday saw former ...

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Tight at the top as Ayscoughfee edge to impressive victory at latest junior hockey tournament

Spalding Hockey Club hosted the fourth primary schools tournament of this school year at Glen Park on Friday – and it was another great success. Around 160 youngsters from 13 local primary schools participated in this popular event, with the 18 teams being divided into four leagues. There were five teams in each of the advanced and intermediate leagues and ...

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Hockey round-up: Nine-goal haul sees Spalding 4th climb into second

Spalding 4th are still in the hunt for promotion from East Men’s Hockey League Division 5NW after a thumping 9-1 victory over Cambridge City 6th on Saturday. It was a bitterly cold day that saw gale force winds and snow throughout the match at Glen Park – but it didn’t prevent a determined Spalding team from putting in an outstanding ...

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Hockey round-up: AJ’s gr-eight show inspires Poachers 2nd to a deadly dozen

Alanna “AJ” Bunyan scored an incredible eight goals as Spalding Poachers 2nd thrashed March Town 1st 12-1 in East Women’s Hockey League Division 3NW on Saturday. The talented Bunyan scored a hat-trick in the first half, along with a goal from Lauren Spenceley, as Spalding seized command of the game. With some high-quality hockey being played, Bunyan bagged five more ...

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WEEKEND FIXTURES: The snow is forcing postponements across the board

Much of this weekend’s outdoor sport is likely to be postponed due to the heavy snowfall over the past few days. In football, Spalding United’s trip to Sheffield FC in Evo-Stik NPL First Division South was called off on Friday morning. Pinchbeck United’s fixture at Thrapston Town in ChromaSport UCL Division was also postponed on Thursday afternoon, while Holbeach United’s ...

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Hockey round-up: Long Sutton 1st relegated after losing seven-goal thriller

Long Sutton 1st have been relegated from East Men’s Hockey League Division One after going down 4-3 at home to Old Southendian 1st on Saturday. Josh Fyson (2) and Daniel Batten netted for Sutton at the Peele Leisure Centre, but their 14th defeat from 18 games this season sees Sutton slip into Division 2NW next year. Also staring relegation in ...

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