SHC Junior Academy Vs Sleaford Badgers

Date 29 April 2016
Team SHC Junior Academy
Opposition Sleaford Badgers
Fixture Away
Venue RAF Cranwell Astro Turf, Saddle Row, NG34 8HB
Start time 19:00
Result W 11 - 2
Time played Normal time
Scorers Jacob Baker (2), Max Bland (2), James Mayhew (1), Sean Oleary (1), Daniel Plant (5)
Match Report

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.

Name Squad number Position Scored Assists Cards
Bailey Harker 3
Jacob Baker 16 2
James Mayhew 21 1
Ryan Mountney 22
Sullivan Smith 23
Max Bland 26 2
Thomas Mayhew 50
Deane Baker 64
Frazer Watt 71
Reuben Gray 87
Sean Oleary 95 1
Daniel Plant 130 5
Jacob Drew 167