FOOTBALL: Acar is star of show for Spalding United

Jordan Lemon
Jordan Lemon
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Spalding United turned in a five-star performance to record their first-ever victory at Sheffield’s Home of Football Stadium.

And they did it with a clean sheet, only their third in the league this term, to consolidate second place – just four points behind Shaw Lane with two games in hand.

Four new signings played their part with flair, skill and determination in a pure team display which had the hosts on the back foot from the outset.

The Tulips were ahead inside the opening 10 minutes with a cracking 25-yard shot from full-back Jordan Lemon which just curled away from goalkeeper Chris Butt at the end for the ball to enter the net inside a top angle of the woodwork.

Man-of-the-match Jenk Acar despatched a rather fortuitous penalty on the stroke of half-time to give them a comfortable cushion.

The young Lincoln City loanee hit the target again on 83 minutes while new signing Connor Higginson opened his account for the club with a neatly-taken goal three minutes into the second half.

Burton Albion academy loanee Charlie Gatter settled in beautifully alongside Nathan Stainfield in the centre of defence while Jack Wightwick, signed from Boston Town, showed why the manager rates him so highly.

Dan Durkin, who joined from Grantham Town, came off the bench to create the opening for Acar to complete the scoring.

Sheffield are a better side than their lowly position would suggest but they were overwhelmed by the quality of the Tulips who, after a couple of indifferent performances, were superb – playing with authority all over the pitch.

A number of the players could easily have qualified for the man-of-the-match nomination on any other day.

But on Saturday, Acar led the home defence a merry dance all afternoon.

The home goal was under siege from the opening whistle with Bradley Wells flashing a header inches wide.

Lemon’s tremendous strike moments later was testament at what was to follow with Higginson’s low shot well saved by Butt and Wightwick firing just over.

Sheffield fought back and Connor Hall’s 20-yarder was inches over Michael Duggan’s crossbar before controversy came at the other end.

Referee Nicholas Hawksby brushed aside appeals for a foul when Wells went down in the area.

But one of his assistants called him over and a penalty was awarded which Acar converted with aplomb.

The game was over for Sheffield three minutes after the interval.

Acar beat his marker wide on the left side and crossed low into the area where Higginson blasted home.

Durkin put the ball inside to find Acar who worked sufficient space to fire in the Tulips’ fourth goal.

SHEFFIELD

Butt, Ludlam (sub Bailey 78 mins), Rose, Lindley, Cooksey, Shires, Roney, Finlaw, Cusworth (sub Goodwin 72 mins), Hall, Gregory (sub Denton 55 mins). Subs not used: Treasure, Hadfield.

SPALDING UNITED

Duggan, Lemon, Walker, Varley, Stainfield, Gatter, Higginson (sub Wright 58 mins), Whitehead, Wells (sub Downey 74 mins), Wightwick (sub Durkin 70 mins), Acar. Sub not used: Hamilton.

REFEREE

Nicholas Hawksby.

GOALS

Lemon (9 mins, 0-1); Acar pen (44 mins, 0-2); Higginson (48 mins, 0-3); Acar (83 mins), 0-4).

ATTENDANCE

265

STAR MAN

Jenk Acar – led home defence a merry dance all afternoon.

ENTERTAINMENT

★★★

WHO’S NEXT

Romulus (A) – Saturday.