FOOTBALL: Tulips battle back for draw, Tigers tamed, Deeping smashed

Clinical double: Danny French
Clinical double: Danny French

SPALDING United came back from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 with Sleaford Town on Tuesday night, while Holbeach United went down 2-1 at St Ives Town and Deeping Rangers were thumped 5-1 at home by King’s Lynn Town.

After a lively start at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field, Spalding incredibly found themselves three down at the interval in the UCL Premier Division clash.

Tim Beadles fired Sleaford ahead from close-range on 18 minutes, before Jake Ellis headed a second (25) and Jason Sedlan buried a penalty (43) after Callum Earls’ handball.

But you sensed the game wasn’t quite over and Simon Mowbray reduced the deficit with a superb strike (52).

A clinical double from Dan French (59 & 64) then had the Sir Halley rocking, but neither side could find a winner.

Elsewhere, Will Fordham’s brace earned St Ives a surprise success over the Tigers at Westwood Road. He opened the scoring on 11 minutes, but Andrew Tidswell’s sensational free kick levelled matters before the break.

That’s how it stayed up until the 89th minute, when Fordham bundled home Jamie Alsop’s free kick to earn the hosts all three points.

It wasn’t quite so close at Outgang Road, though. Lynn raced into a four-goal lead at the break thanks to strikes from Jack Defty (12), Danny Beaumont (23 & 44) and Nelson Moreira (42).

Mark Jones pulled one back for Deeping (68), but Beaumont completed his hat-trick six minutes later to end any hopes of a comeback.

Tuesday’s other UCL Premier Division result saw Newport Pagnell beat Yaxley 2-1 on home soil.

More to follow in Thursday’s Spalding Guardian.