MATCH VERDICT: Wilson wins it for Spalding Town

Ash Wilson on the attack. Photo by Tim Wilson
Ash Wilson on the attack. Photo by Tim Wilson
  • ChromaSport & Trophies Peterborough and District League Division Two - Spalding Town 2 Wisbech St Mary Saints 1
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Ash Wilson smashed a last-gasp winner as Spalding Town saw off the title favourites.

It appeared they would pay the penalty for Jamie Cartlidge’s spot-kick being saved.

But his strike partner showed tenacity to wriggle his way through Wisbech St Mary Saints’ defence and force the ball past goalkeeper Callum Summers in a dramatic finish.

Although they left it late, Spalding eventually got what they deserved.

Tom Coote slid home the opener after Cartlidge had created the chance.

Cartlidge – in his first game for 15 months following injury – should have doubled the advantage as he nicked the ball off Chris McAree, only for Summers to push away the shot.

Aaron McKenna sent a lob fractionally wide but he made no mistake with a low finish for the equaliser.

Spalding could consider themselves unfortunate to be level – although Coote had to be in the right place at the right time before the break for a goalline clearance from Alfa Jalo.

Cartlidge was hauled down for a penalty just before the hour mark – but Summers pushed the spot-kick over the bar.

With a hard-fought draw looking likely, up stepped Wilson to win it.

SPALDING TOWN

4-4-2: Taylor 7; Deykin 7, West 7, Dickinson 7, Wright 7; Haw 7, Coote 7, Childs 7, Rose 7; Cartlidge 7 (sub Kingman 69 mins, 6), Wilson 8. Subs not used: Newton, Allen, G Smith, Robinson.

WISBECH ST MARY SAINTS

3-1-4-2: Summers; Beckett, Morgan, Brown; McAree (sub Green 32 mins); Watson, Key (sub Lindsay 25 mins), Knight, Jalo (sub Symonds 88 mins); Cawthorn (sub Ryan 61 mins), McKenna (sub Key 73 mins). Sub not used: Hall.

REFEREE

Mark Grundy.

GOALS

Coote (17 mins, 1-0); McKenna (39 mins, 1-1); Wilson (90 mins, 2-1).

BOOKINGS

Key, Green (fouls).

ATTENDANCE

241

STAR MAN

Ash Wilson – terrific work-rate all afternoon and got his reward in the final minute.

ENTERTAINMENT

★★★