Spalding 2’s vs St Ives 3
A return to Glenn park for Spalding after consecutive away games, the team in high spirits after a well deserved draw the previous week.
Spalding were strong off the start, pinning St Ives in their own half in the opening minutes. Some swift passes allowed Matt Sanders to receive the ball in the D and after beating his man he managed to hit the ball into the bottom corner, giving Spalding an early lead, 1-0. After taking the lead Spalding began to find themselves falling behind, having to dig in and call for some great saves off Rob Callaby. Spalding’s response to this was to get their heads back into the game and secure the lead, they did this with some wonderful play, showing their full range of skills and managing to find Matt Hulme in the D who slotted the ball between the keepers legs, 2-0 half time.
After the half time break St Ives seemed to be on the pounce, pushing for that goal to claw themselves back into the game and after a few consecutive short corners, they managed to do so, 2-1. As Spalding felt the lead beginning to slip away early into the second half, man of the match Arron Borst managed to reignite the spark in Spalding by allowing them the freedom in the middle of the pitch to play good hockey. This allowed debutant Lewis Burton to assist Finlay Roy on the penalty spot to slap the ball into the corner, once again extending Spalding’s lead, 3-1. Spalding continued to put St Ives under pressure and towards the closing moments of the game, Matt Pottle, who had not long returned to the pitch after his green card, collected the ball on the top of the D and sent the ball whizzing past the goalkeeper and finding the back of the net, finish the game 3-1.