Away dates coming up for the Tulips

Dan Lawlor in action for Spalding against Kidsgrove on Saturday. Photos by Tim Wilson

Dan Lawlor in action for Spalding against Kidsgrove on Saturday. Photos by Tim Wilson

  • Spalding United ready for trips to Tividale, Coalville Town and Gresley
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Spalding United face three successive away games after returning to the promotion play-off pack.

The Tulips are fifth in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South thanks to Saturday’s 2-1 home win over Kidsgrove Athletic.

Kidsgrove celebrate their goal

Kidsgrove celebrate their goal

Next weekend’s trip to basement boys Tividale will be followed by matches at Coalville Town and Gresley.

Last season’s top scorer Tom Waumsley got his first league goal of the current campaign and Spalding were 2-0 up after 12 minutes on Saturday courtesy of a bizarre own-goal from Kidsgrove keeper Ben Chapman.

Anthony Malbon pulled one back but a man-of-the-match display by Michael Duggan kept three points.

Spalding manager Marcus Ebdon said: “It was a great start, although their keeper helped us out a little bit.

Before the game I had a chat with Waumsley and told him that his luck would change. It was all about confidence and a bit of luck.

Marcus Ebdon

“In the first half I thought we had enough chances to really kill them off.

“It was always going to be difficult in the second half with the windy conditions.

“Duggan did well again and the whole team worked hard.

“Before the game I had a chat with Waumsley and told him that his luck would change.

Substitute Charley Sanders

Substitute Charley Sanders

“It was all about confidence and a bit of luck. Thankfully he put his first chance in the net.

“He always gives us that energy up front and he closes down defenders. But to win games, you need goals.

“After the own-goal, they soon got one back when Ellis Humble wasn’t strong enough – although he got a push in the back and there should have been defensive cover in case of that mistake.

“In the second half we knew we would need our ‘tin hats’ on to stay in front.

“We are very pleased to take three points and now we are four games unbeaten.

“I thought the team did well to dig in and work hard.”