|Date||29 April 2016|
|Team||SHC Junior Academy|
|Venue||RAF Cranwell Astro Turf, Saddle Row, NG34 8HB|
|Result||W 11 - 2|
|Time played||Normal time|
|Scorers||Jacob Baker (2), Max Bland (2), James Mayhew (1), Sean Oleary (1), Daniel Plant (5)|
What a way to make your Spalding debut! Daniel Plant hit 5 goals in his first ever Spalding match in a comprehensive 11-2 win. The scoreline looks harsh on a Sleaford side that competed well in the first and third segments of the game but got torn apart in a second section performance.
Sleaford opened the scoring with a well deserved goal for all of their hard work as the visitors started off in sluggish fashion with goalkeeper Sullivan Smith and Tom Mayhew possibly not producing their finest moments of the season. But that galvernised the side and by the time Sleaford had scored their second goal, Spalding had hit double figures.
Daniel Plant had scored two goals with what seems to be a speciality of his with close range finishes to bring the scoreline at the end of the first period to 2-1 in Spalding's favour and to use an old cliche, the floodgates opened as Spalding scored seemingly at well. Jacob Baker hit two goals, Daniel Plant hit a second period hat-trick, Max Bland scored a brace from left-back and the hockey was simply sublime. The other debutant, Alexander Doughty had a very good start to his Spalding career with some great runs off the ball and intelligent passing. Jacob 'Bugs' Drew, James Mayhew, Frazer Watt, Jacob Baker and Reuben Grey working tirelessly in midfield (with all being highly impressive) were literally running the show and James got his just reward with the eleventh goal.
The goal beforehand was scored by the quietest player on the pitch but it was a richly deserved goal with normal defender Sean O'Leary finding the goal with a fine strike that any forward would be proud of. Goalkeeper Sully Smith came out of goal to have a rare outfield run with Max Bland taking a turn between the posts. It proved to be an interesting experiment with Max seemingly nearly taking off the youngest Sleaford players head with a raised clearnce but the home side got a deserved consolation from the resulting short corner.
So a great end to the academy season with next season looking very promising indeed.