NON-LEAGUE: Ebdon quits Tulips, hat-trick heroes for Peterborough Sports and Wisbech
Former Peterborough United player Marcus Ebdon has quit as Spalding United manager.
After four years at the club - they both worked under former manager Paddy Rayment who lefdt the club earlier this season - Ebdon and his assistant Danny Hussey resigned following a 1-1 home draw with Leek Town in the final Evo Stik Division One South game of the season yesterday (April 23).
Ebdon said: “It was our choice to leave. You have to give a job like this 110%. If you can’t give it everything you need to walk away and my young family meant travelling so much was making things difficult for me.
“I’ve had a great four years at the club though.”
Ebdon looked set to end with a win when Nathan Stainfield put ‘The Tulips’ ahead 20 minutes from time, but Leek equalised in stoppage time. Spalding finished 12th.
Stamford AFC were relegated from the Northern Premier Division last week, but finished their campaign with a 2-0 win over Mickleover Sports thanks to a Greg Smith double. The Daniels finished 21st, one place and one point from safety.
Peterborough Sports moved onto to 96 points from 35 matches in United Counties Division One with a 4-1 win at sixth-placed Bourne. Karl Gibbs bagged a hat-trick with Josh Moreman also on target for the city side. Zak Munton did draw the home side level midway through the second-half, but Sports found another gear to pull clear in the final 20 minutes.
Blackstones stay 10th after a goalless draw at home to Wellingborough Whitworth. It was the latter’s first clean sheet since November.
In the Premier Division, Yaxley’s perfect run since the return of Brett Whaley as manager continued as goals from dynamic duo Phil Stebbing and Dan Cotton delivered a 2-0 win at Kirby Muxloe. KIt was a third win in three matches under Whaley.
Yaxley are up to 11th now, one place behing free-falling Deeping Rangers who went down 3-1 at home to Boston Town. Luke Avis claimed a second-half equaliser for Deeping, but Boston scored twice in the final quarter to run out comfortable winners.
It’s six defeats in a row for Holbeach United who were pipped 2-1 at Carter’s Park by third-placed Newport Pagnell. Jake Clitheroe scored for ‘The Tigers’.
Wisbech won an exciting match at home to lowly Wellingborough Town thanks to Adam Millson’s hat-trick which was completed with a match-winning penalty 10 minutes from time.
Both sides finished with 10 men. Scott Johnson was the Wisbech man to see red.
Saturday, April 23
Northern Premier Division
Stamford 2 (G. Smith 2)
Mickleover Sports 0
Division One South
Leek Town 1 (Stainfield)
CHROMASPORT & TROPHIES UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE
Deeping Rangers 1 (Avis)
Boston Town 3
Holbeach United 1 (Clitheroe)
Newport Pagnell Town 2
Kirby Muxloe 0
Yaxley 2 (Stebbing, Cotton)
Wisbech Town 3 (Millson 3)
Wellingborough Town 2
Wellingborough Whitworth 0
Bourne Town 1 (Munton)
Peterborough Sports 4 (K. Gibbs 3, Moreman)