Evo-Stik League First Division South - Spalding United 4 Goole 1
Spalding United manager Pat Rayment was happy enough with another three points, this time at the expense of Goole at Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field.
A goal on his home debut for ex-Peterborough Northern Star striker Avelino Vieira set the Tulips on their way before goalkeeper Michael Duggan conceded an uncharacteristic penalty after bringing down Craig Tomkinson when the Goole midfielder appeared to be running away from goal.
That was the only moment where the home side were in danger of seeing their pre-match Comic Relief gesture of running onto the pitch wearing red T-shirts could have rebounded on them.
Vikings winger Tyler Williams saw an early chance on Spalding’s goal go wide before Vieira should have done better with a Mitch Griffiths cross as defender Will Sparks managed to get in front of him to clear.
Jamie Stevens also went close with a header from a Jamie Thurlbourne header before Vieira scored, racing on to a long ball and lobbing over Peter Fot’ko to open his Tulips goalscoring account.
Duggan helped his team-mates out of trouble three minutes later when Matt Semley latched onto a loose ball and raced through on goal, only for the home keeper to save with his legs.
Goole threatened again with Williams forcing another save out of Duggan from 15 yards out before the penalty, given by the assistant referee and slotted past Duggan’s outstretched left hand by Liam Schofield on 26 minutes.
Spalding’s defence looked shaky even if, at the other end, Nathan Adams drew a save out of Fot’ko.
Meanwhile, Goole skipper David Taylor almost caught Duggan out with a dipping volley from the edge of the area that just went over the bar.
Then McGovern had a goal-bound effort saved by Fot’ko after Nolan was charged by the Goole keeper and Adams just failed to connect with another Griffiths cross.
Spalding were getting their groove back now and after Griffiths’ cross just went the wrong side of Adams, the decisive moment of the match came when Oliver Steeple ‘saved’ a Griffiths header on goal and was sent off.
Thurlbourne despatched the penalty to send Spalding in at half-time 2-1 up and, to be honest, the home side were never troubled after that.
Tom Waumsley replaced Vieira on 62 minutes and 13 minutes later, he finished off a slick move from midfield by a McGovern assist to give his team-mate his 21st goal of the season.
It was 4-1 ten minutes later when Waumsley lobbed home a clearance from Duggan that Goole’s defence failed to deal with.
4-4-2: Duggan 7; Griffiths 7, Leary 7, Stevens 8, Jackson 8; Adams 8 (sub L Thurlbourne 80 mins), McGovern 9, Webb 8, J Thurlbourne 7; Nolan 8, Vieira 7 (sub Waumsley 62 mins, 8). Subs not used: Ebdon, Pycock.
4-4-2: Fot’ko; Mackie, Sparks, Steeple, Schofield; Robson, Tomkinson (sub Coupland 76 mins), Taylor, Williams; Semley (sub Law 72 mins), Portman (sub Jackson 72 mins). Sub not used: Snaith.
Vieira (7 mins, 1-0; Schofield pen (26 mins, 1-1); J Thurlbourne pen (43 mins, 2-1); Waumsley (75 mins, 3-1); Waumsley (85 mins, 4-1).
Steeple (handling ball on line).
Sparks, Coupland (fouls).
Jack McGovern - substitute Tom Waumsley may have climbed off the bench to score twice and seal the Tulips’ 20th league win of the season. but it was McGovern who was at the centre of everything.
Goole (A) – tonight.
I told you @JackMcGov that you are still a good player. #nonleaguelampard