TOUGH TEST: Action from Spalding Poachers 3rd's 2-0 loss. Photo by NIGEL COOKSON

Hockey round-up: Classy Charlotte hits five as Spalding stay perfect, Sutton 2nd take derby spoils

Charlotte Maplethorpe fired five goals as Spalding Poachers 1st smashed 11 goals in East Women’s Hockey League Division Two North West on Saturday.

Harriet Mowbray also helped herself to a hat-trick, while Hennie Boekestyn, Angel Harkus and Ellie Holland found the net too in Spalding’s huge 11-2 win at Cambridge Nomads 1st to stay top of the league with five wins from as many matches.

Maplethorpe bagged three of her goals in the first period, while also setting up Mowbray’s second. Two more followed after the interval, including a brilliant fourth.

Spalding keeper Abby Hodgett was also on-song at the other end – and even won player of the match for her efforts in ensuring the team boosted their goal difference to a massive 28.

In the same division, Long Sutton ladies’ 1st are in the bottom four after a 6-0 thumping at Cambridge South 2nd.

In Division Three North West, Spalding Poachers 2nd’s picked up a 4-0 win at Shefford and Sandy 2nd.

Karen Timby starred with a hat-trick for them, while youngster Erin McMurray also netted with a fine deflected finish.

They are third in the table after four wins from five games.

Down in Division Five North West, Long Sutton ladies’ 2nd received a 5-0 walkover win against Newmarket 3rd.

Spalding Poachers 3rd suffered a 2-0 home loss against Kettering 2nd, despite a top showing from Honor Pearson.

DERBY DAY: Spalding 4th and Long Sutton 2nd battle. Photos by NIGEL COOKSON
  • Spalding 1st made it five wins from as many games with another dominant East Men’s League Division One North showing on Saturday.

They cruised to a 9-0 victory over Sudbury 1st at Glen Park, with Jacob Baker (3), Tom Amess (2), Joe Rogers, Robin Edlington, Stu Cunnington and Joe Higgins all on the mark.

They played some excellent free-flowing hockey in the first half and led 7-0 at the break, giving their opponents no hope of a second-half comeback.

In Division Two North West, a goal from Josh Baker couldn’t stop Long Sutton 1st losing 5-1 at home against Kettering 1st.

Likewise, divisional rivals Spalding 2nd were beaten 2-1 at St Ives 2nd. Depleted by injury and unavailability, Spalding put in probably their strongest performance of the season and were level at 1-1 at one stage thanks to Jacob Drew’s classy strike.

In Division Four North West, meanwhile, Long Sutton 2nd took the derby bragging rights as they defeated hosts Spalding 4th 3-1.

GET IN! Long Sutton 2nd celebrate a goal on Saturday. Photos by NIGEL COOKSON

Sutton took the lead when Ed White followed up an Alex Canham short corner shot after two minutes, but Ben Scholes drew the game level midway through the first half with a pass from Aaron Scholes following a well worked short corner.

However, Olly Taylor’s deft finish early in the second half and a short corner goal from White settled the clash.

In Division Five North West, Long Sutton 3rd won a thriller against Kettering 4th 5-4 at the Peele Leisure Centre.

A hat-trick from Gary Hales and a double from man-of-the-match Tyler Hagan got the job done for Sutton.

Also on winning form were Spalding 5th as they thrashed Wisbech Town 4th 4-0 at Glen Park.

Olly Dring helped himself to a hat-trick for the maroons, while Darren Willson rounded off the rout.

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