Non-League football: Tulips are starting to bloom at long last

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EVO-STIK LEAGUE: SPALDING delivered a storming second-half display to snatch a much-needed win against Lincoln United.

Division One South


After going behind midway through the first half, goals from Andrew Tidswell and Gareth Pritchard shortly after the restart earned the Tulips all three points at the Sir Halley Stewart Field on Saturday.

The result means fourth from bottom Spalding stay in touch with the group of clubs above them in the table and according to manager Richard Scott, the victory was long overdue.

He said: “We thoroughly deserved it and I thought we played really well in the second half.

“We came out all guns blazing early in the second half and we got a couple of quick goals which really swung the game our way.

“I think we have been building up to it for a while. it was important that we did not lose too much ground on teams like Lincoln at this stage of the season.”

Spalding: Brassington, Miller, Gray, Pawson, Lee, White, Evans, Tidswell, Dixon, Webb (Westwood), Pritchard. Subs unused: Oliver, Freeney, Penny, Overton.


STAMFORD boss Simon Clark believes his side has to toughen up after returning empty-handed from their trip to the ‘Land of the Giants’.

Facing a tall, physically imposing Rushall side, Clark’s men were unable to recover from going a goal down, despite the presence up top of Lincoln City youngster Nathan Adams.

Not that the Daniels didn’t have their chances and had skipper Miles Chamberlain been more clinical with Callum’s Reed pass with five minutes to go, he could have earned his side a point.

Clark said: “It was like playing in the Land of the Giants. They were a very big, strong team and they used what they had to cause us problems.

“It was all long ball but fair play, they got the result.

“We are a young side and sometimes teams using that approach and getting in our faces a bit can get results, but we will learn from the defeat and move on.”

Stamford: Wright, Reed, Chamberlain, Burkett, Malone (Clark), Jackson, Toyne, Beeson, Hook (Cotton), Battersby, Adams. Subs unused: Stainsby, Hill.


Premier Division


THE Wisbech players could find themselves being called in for some extra shooting practice this week after drawing a blank against struggling Clacton.

Aaron Turner and Ashley Stevens both had excellent chances in either half but Steve Appleby’s side were unable to turn their superiority into goals at the Fenland Stadium.

The Fenmen have now drawn eight games this term, and according to Appleby, unless his side can start winning a few more their excellent progress so far this term could stall.

He said: “It was a very frustrating afternoon all round, we dominated them but we just could not get that breakthrough.

“It didn’t help that they wasted as much time as they could but we should have been able to deal with that.

“If we want to push on we really need to start winning these type of games but I can’t fault their effort against Clacton. Maybe they just need some extra shooting practice.”

Wisbech: Jordan, Flanz, Johnson, Cousins, Fairweather, Reeve (Cartwright), Jones (Lunn), Thompson, Furnell, Jimson, Turner, Stevens. Subs unused: Dear, Appleby.