Letchworth hit Spalding for six

PUBLISHED: 13:19 26 September 2017 | UPDATED: 13:38 26 September 2017

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Letchworth men’s 1st team opened their East Premier campaign in style with a 6-3 win against newly promoted Spalding to go top of the league.

Letchworth men’s 1st team opened their East Premier campaign in style with a 6-3 win against newly promoted Spalding to go top of the league.

Having played Spalding a couple of seasons ago in the league below, Letchworth knew their opposition would provide a tough first test and approached the game expecting to have to work hard to get a result.

Letchworth started the match positively, calmly working the ball round the back and into the centre of midfield. A series of fast paced attacks threatened the Spalding goal immediately – resulting in a flurry of goals in the opening 25 minutes.

Hugo Christie was on target twice, including a sharp follow-up to a broken down short corner.

Man of the match Mike Bowler added a brace of his own with a well-timed reverse stick deflection at the back post and a calm slot into the open goal from another electric Letchworth move.

However, Letchworth’s hopes of taking the four goal lead into half-time were dashed as the only two short corners conceded in the half were powerfully converted into the top and bottom corners by Spalding’s drag flicker.

4-2 up at half time, Letchworth knew the next goal would be critical.

With midfield dynamo Tom Wharton neutralising Spalding’s key player, Letchworth again asserted their dominance.

Flowing passing hockey down the right set up a series of chances for Letchworth but the Spalding defence did well to keep their team in the game with a series of scrambled clearances.

The pressure eventually told as Rob Walker and Mike Oliver netted short strikes to take Letchworth clear.

Although another short corner from Spalding was converted into the top corner, Letchworth saw out the final minutes to ensure a comfortable 6-3 victory.

Letchworth seconds failed to match the first team with tough loss 5-1 away at Potters Bar, but the men’s teams performed well.

The thirds beat Rickmansworth seconds 2-0 and the 4’s won away at Harpenden 3’s 3-2. The 5th team were awarded a 5-0 win after Rickmansworth 4th team had to concede.

Letchworth 1’s hope to build on their strong start on Saturday when they face Blueharts at Hitchin Boys School at midday, while the second team will entertain Blueharts 2nd team at Whitethorn Lane at 2pm.

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