FOOTBALL: Just one point from six for Tulips after Blackstones defeat

Slow start: Andy Stanhope would have hoped for more than one point from his opening two games.
Slow start: Andy Stanhope would have hoped for more than one point from his opening two games.

SPALDING United’s stuttering start to the UCL Premier Division continued with a 2-0 loss at Blackstones on Wednesday night.

First-half goals from Tim Quy (33) and Ben Porter (36) handed the Tulips a shock loss at Lincoln Road, leaving Andy Stanhope’s title hopefuls with just one point from their opening two games.

Stones looked the more dangerous side early on with Michael Nelson firing wide and Danny Barker heading off target when well placed.

Jammal Shahin did force a cracking stop from Lee Crockett at the other end, before Spalding’s Leigh Cook made a pair of smart saves from Robbie Pearce.

The hosts then grabbed the opener through ex-Bourne Town ace Quy, who headed home from a Barker cross just past the half hour.

Three minutes later former Deeping ace Porter doubled the home lead with a 20-yard shot which Cook really should have saved.

Callum Earls and Liam Harrold had chances to level in the second half, but it was Stones who looked the more likely with Barker rattling the woodwork.

Spalding enjoyed a healthy haul of possession in the closing stages, but had only an off-target Gary Pawson header to show for their dominance.

With a double-header against Deeping Rangers up next, Stanhope’s charges really need a big result to kick-start their season.

Elsewhere, Danny Cairns’ late free-kick earned Moulton Harrox a 1-0 win at Crowland Town.

It was Moulton’s first game of the season, while Crowland suffered a second-successive home defeat.

Tulips: Cook, Duncliffe, Earls, French, Fuff, Baker (Pawson), Shahin, Hughes, Harrold, Mowbray (Ford), O’Loughlin (Thompson).