Huntingdon 1s V Spalding 2 s
By Graham Brewer
Shaken but not stirred, or beaten but not down!
Spalding turned up at Sharnbrook knowing only a win would be good enough to ensure survival while Hunters were caught in the position of simply needing to avoid defeat. Both teams scrapped and contested every ball as if their lives depended on it, but lacked the composure to use the ball well enough once they had won possession. Spalding had the most in terms of shots on goal but Laura Kemp stood firm and it was still 0-0 at half time.
The second half was a mirror of the first. Plenty of desire and effort but not a lot of free flowing hockey. Spalding finally broke the deadlock on a breakaway and this seemed to jolt Hunters into life who suddenly started to string some passes together and force Spalding into some desperate defending. But pushing forward chasing the game lead to slack marking at the back and Spalding added a second with 20 minutes to go and saw the game out to ensure they avoided the dreaded drop. Meanwhile in Cambridge, Cambs Uni put 9 past a Wisbech side which kept them below Hunters who avoid relegation from div3NW.