In the week that the FIH ratified Beach Hockey as a sport it was apt that Spalding would visit the sandiest pitch in Lincolnshire.

The torrential rains of the day before had however left the pitch bereft of the usual sand dunes. 

Spalding started strongly and took a deserved lead after ten minutes when good work from Brian Read found Pete Wright on hand to slot home.

Long Sutton thwarted the fast starting Spalding and equalised with a short corner goal which found its way into the net via a couple of deflections. 

Into the second half and Sutton took the lead through another short corner. 

Excellent defensive work on the line by Lorenzo Mendoza kept the score at 2-1. 

Despite the setback Spalding continued to play expansive hockey and were rewarded as Danny Wright found Pete Wright to equalise from close range. 

the momentum shifted and with ten minutes to go a well worked short was clinically despatched by Dave Burrell. 

Spalding saw out the final ten minutes with little drama to secure a first win of the season and a first win for many of the young side in league hockey to send the many travelling fans home happy. 


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