Spalding United cruised to an impressive 3-0 UCL Premier Division win at Boston Town on Tuesday night, while Deeping Rangers romped to an 8-2 victory at Sleaford Town.
Starting at Tattershall Road, the Tulips showed just why they are hot favourites for the league crown as they produced the kind of performance boss Pat Rayment craved last season.
Solid at the back and slick in attack, goals from Jake Gibson (13), Sam Mullarkey (56) and Nathan Stainfield (88) were the least Spalding deserved.
Town did have a great chance to go ahead early on, with skipper Lee Canoville forced to heroically head an Ollie Pinner strike off the line after a probing run and cross from former Tulip Liam Nimmo.
Canoville then limped off with a hamstring problem, but Spalding were soon ahead when Gibson met a Beeson corner with a cracking header that picked out the top corner.
Boston keeper Ricky Drury kept out another Gibson effort as Rayment’s men went in search of a second, before an offside Tony Battersby rattled the post with a thumping header from another Beeson centre.
Spalding continued to create chances before the interval and would have gone 2-0 ahead but for a great Pinner block from a close-range Gibson drive.
The excellent Drury also kept out a Beeson free kick to keep his side in the game at half time.
Boston came our re-energised in the second period and enjoyed their best period of pressure without really testing Michael Duggan.
Typically, the visitors doubled their lead when they looked most likely to concede – and it was no surprise to see Beeson involved. The winger raced free down the right and squared for Mullarkey to slot a clinical low finish past Drury at the near post from about eight yards.
From then on the chances flowed for the visitors. Battersby directed another header off the woodwork from yet another Beeson set play, while the winger saw a free kick palmed away by Drury.
Number three finally arrived two minutes from time – and you can guess how it was scored. Beeson, who tormented Town all night, whipped a trademark corner on the head of Stainfield, who picked out the top corner via the woodwork.
It’s now two wins from as many games for the Tulips, who are showing fine early season form.
Deeping, meanwhile, put Saturday’s loss behind them with a sensational show at Sleaford. Alex Beck (3), Ondre Odain (2), Matt Heron, Mitch Griffiths and Spencer Tinkler all netted in a memorable 8-2 win at Eslaforde Park.
Three of the goals came from the penalty spot, with Tinkler, Odain and Heron all holding their nerve.
More on both games in Thursday’s Spalding Guardian.
• Tuesday’s UCL Premier Division results: AFC Kempston Rovers 4 Stewarts & Lloyds Corby 4; AFC Rushden & Diamonds 4 Northampton Sileby Rangers 0; Boston Town 0 Spalding United 3; Cogenhoe United 0 Wellingborough Town 0; Long Buckby 0 Desborough Town 0; Newport Pagnell Town 2 Yaxley 3; Sleaford Town 2 Deeping Rangers 8; Wisbech Town 2 Peterborough Northern Star 1.