Cambridge South 1s 1 – Spalding 1s 2 
Spalding travelled to Cambridge for the second week in a row and faced a tough challenge in the shape of Cambs South. 
An equal start to the game saw chances come and go for both teams but unable to open the scoring. Cambs began to get on top and keeper Oscar Haunch made several big saves from penalty corners to keep the score at 0-0. During this period of play South took the lead as a quick south free hit caught Spalding off guard and a ball across the face of the D for the striker to finish at the back post. The half was seen out and Spalding trailing at the break. 
Spalding came out on the front foot in the second half and won numerous penalty corners. Stu Cunnington’s low drag flick hit a foot on the line. Up step Jacob Baker and his flick down the middle was saved by the keeper however the ball trickled over the line to make the game all square at 1-1. 
South began to over run Spalding however a determined display from the forwards and midfielders allowed the game to become end to end. Spalding were grateful for an inspirational display from keeper Haunch who during a 10minute period of play made multiple saves which frustrated South. 
Spalding regained their composure and despite losing Grooby to a green card won another penalty corner. Up stepped Cunnington again and he found the bottom corner of the goal to give Spaldjng the lead. Spalding entered the last 10minutes throwing their body on the lines and collected several war wounds as Brendan Morris had a nose bleed and Dorey took a hit to the ankle and they lost Sam Howitt for the last 5 minutes due to a yellow card for questioning a decision. 
Spalding players were out on their feet at the end of the game but a display of character, resilience and determination from all 15 members ensured Spalding left with 3 huge points.
Joint Man of the match – Sam Howitt and Oscar Haunch 
Joint DOD – Steve Rogers and Oli Baker
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