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Hockey round-up: Promoted Spalding 1st sign off stellar season in style

Having already clinched promotion to East Men’s Hockey League Premier A, Spalding 1st completed their campaign with a big 7-3 success at West Herts 2nd on Saturday.

Connor Allen and Stuart Cunnington found the net for Spalding in a closely contested first half, but they found themselves trailing 3-2 at the break.

Deciding that they wanted to finish the season on a high, the lads set about their hosts with a scintillating second half display adding five further goals without reply.

Glenn Richardson, Tom Everton, Rob Dalton, Josh Rowbottom and a second from Allen completed the rout as Spalding ended their successful league season on a high note.

The lads now meet Bourne Deeping 1st, who have just been promoted to Premier B, in the Lincolnshire Cup final at Glen Park on Sunday (2.30pm).

In Division One, Long Sutton completed their season with a 4-3 home success over Blueharts 2nd.

They complete the campaign in seventh place.

Down in Division 3NW, Spalding 2nd picked up a 4-3 victory at Bourne/Deeping 2nd in their final match of the season.

The first half was dominated by Spalding and they were rewarded when a raking through ball from Shaun Dewing found Tom Mayhew unmarked at the top of the D, who intelligently slotted the ball across for James Stone to score.

A deflected Bourne Deeping effort saw the scores level at half-time, but goals either side of a Joe Rogers effort saw Spalding trailing 3-2 with five minutes remaining.

However, Rogers equalised with an unstoppable reverse stick effort before Pete Wright grabbed a last-gasp winner.

In the same division, Long Sutton 2nd saw their relegation confirmed by an 8-0 hammering against champions Horncastle.

Meanwhile, Long Sutton 1st saw their promotion dream dashed in East Women’s Hockey League Division 2NW.

In what was a winner-takes-all showdown, it was Newmarket who clinched second place and promotion with a 3-1 home win, leaving Sutton to settle for fifth.

In Division 3NW, Spalding Poachers 2nd completed their campaign in fifth place after a 5-0 defeat against St Ives 2nd – who clinched promotion in the process.

Spalding Poachers 3rd did end their Division 4NW (N) season with a win, though, as Katie Beeson’s goal secured a 1-0 triumph over Alford 2nd and a fifth-placed finish. Long Sutton 2nd lost 1-0 to Louth 2nd.

  • Spalding Poachers 1st will contest they ladies’ Lincs Cup final on Thursday (April 13) when they take on Lindum 1st at Glen Park (7.30pm).

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