FOOTBALL: Tulips go top after comeback, Tigers book Stamford FA Cup clash

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SPALDING United went top of the UCL Premier Division after a thrilling 3-2 victory at champions Long Buckby on Saturday, while Deeping Rangers saw off Shepshed Dynamo 2-1 and Holbeach United won 2-0 at Kirby Muxloe in the FA Cup.

The Tulips fell 2-0 down against the defending champions, thanks to goals from Danny Rogers (50) and a Callum Earls own goal (63).

But as the Bucks were reduced to nine men, Pat Rayment’s side came roaring back with goals from Scott Musgrove (70) and Jacob Joyce (75). Left back Earls then made up for his earlier misdemeanour with a dramatic last-gasp winner.

The success sends unbeaten Spalding to the summit for the first time since they were relegated to the UCL just over a year ago.

Meanwhile, Deeping also came from behind to hand Shepshed a reverse at Outgang Road. A Nick Jackson own goal (47) put Dynamo ahead, only for Chris Logan (56) and David Burton-Jones (87) to turn the tables.

In the FA Cup, Andrew Tidswell and Andy Toyne struck as Holbeach took another away scalp in Leicester.

Their heroics have earned a home tie with Lincolnshire rivals Stamford in the next round on September 8.

Down in UCL Division One, Bourne Town bagged a first away victory of the season by edging a five-goal thriller 3-2 at Rushden and Higham. Mike Feely, Craig Rook and Ben Easson were their scorers.

It was another bad day for Pinchbeck United in Peterborough and District League Premier Division though, as they were beaten 4-2 at home by Peterborough ICA Sports.

More on all the weekend football in Tuesday’s Lincolnshire Free Press.