FOOTBALL: ‘Best performance so far’ from Spalding United

Gresley rescue a point from the penalty spot. Photos by Tim Wilson
Gresley rescue a point from the penalty spot. Photos by Tim Wilson
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Unbeaten league leaders Spalding United are back home on Tuesday night in search of another win to stay ahead of the pack.

The Tulips take on bottom-placed Rugby Town following the frustration of Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Gresley at the Sir Halley Stewart Field.

They were 2-0 up through Nathan Whitehead and Bradley Wells but former Holbeach United striker Courtney Meade pulled one back before 89th-minute controversy saw a red card and an equaliser from the penalty spot.

Neal Spafford was sent off for a second bookable offence – even though the ball appeared to hit his shoulder – and Pearson Mwanyongo converted from 12 yards to recsue a point.

Spalding manager Dave Frecklington said: “It was the most one-sided game I have ever been involved in.

“We got everything we want from the team and it was exactly what we are about. We were superb from 1 to 14.

Courtney Meade makes it 2-1

Courtney Meade makes it 2-1

“We put the ball in good areas, we were physical, we stopped them playing at the back and we looked a threat going forward.

“But we can’t carry on missing those chances and letting teams off the hook.

“At this level it’s never over and fair play to Gresley who kept going in the second half.

“It worries me that we keep giving away penalties. We have to stop giving those gifts.

We should be looking at eight wins as both draws came when we had been 2-0 up.

Dave Frecklington

“Spafford was absolutely devastated but I don’t want to talk about the referee after our best performance so far this season.

“Gresley’s manager was the first to say we had absolutely battered them.

“We should be looking at eight wins as both draws came when we had been 2-0 up.

“However, it’s nice to be on top of the table with six wins.

“We can’t keep a clean sheet at the moment and that’s a collective problem.

“I’ve got to give credit to Gresley who made a couple of changes and then looked a different side in the second half.

“Now we’ve got to pick ourselves up for Tuesday night. We will get a report from Rugby’s defeat at Lincoln United on Saturday.

“At home we want to be winning football matches.”

Jason Field could be back in the squad but Chris Hamilton (thigh) is doubtful.