Doodson Sport Cup: Spalding United 5 Coalville Town 1
Another win for Spalding United was made to look so simple.
They made it easy for themselves thanks to plenty of quality, confidence, clinical finishing and commitment.
Those connected with Coalville Town will no doubt complain about the awful defending which played a big part as well.
But the Tulips are good enough to carry on winning games without any extra help.
A sixth successive win was secured by Andrew Tidswell’s double inside the opening eight minutes.
Before the break they were 4-0 up and substitute Tom Waumsley wrapped up this five-star display.
Tidswell, on his return to the starting line-up, slotted in the opener after a dreadful back-pass went into his path.
Then he latched onto a pass from Jamie Thurlbourne to coolly beat keeper Matt Cotton for the second time.
Midway through the first half Jordan Hempenstall made his way through the Coalville defence, took the ball past Cotton and knocked it into the empty net.
Jordan Nuttell got off the mark for his new club with a right-foot drive into the far corner four minutes before the interval.
Having beaten Coalville 2-1 home and away in the league, Spalding found it much easier to make it a hat-trick of wins over the Leicestershire side.
Waumsley held off a soft challenge, cut inside the box and smashed in a low drive to make it 5-0 with only nine minutes to go.
Soon afterwards, though, the Tulips failed to defend a corner as Sam Brookes was left unmarked to volley home inside the six-yard box.
But you could hardly call that any consolation for a side who have not won away from home for the last three months.
Spalding simply carry on winning and on this form it’s easy to see why they are enjoying a great run.
4-1-3-2: Duggan 7; Griffiths 8, Leary 8, Stevens 8, Jackson 8; L Thurlbourne 8 (sub G Stainfield 70 mins, 7); McGovern 8, Nuttell 8, J Thurlbourne 8; Hempenstall 8 (sub Oliver 76 mins), Tidswell 8 (sub Waumsley 63 mins, 8). Subs not used: McKue, Hall.
4-4-2: Cotton; Kay, Brookes, Storey, Morrell; Dean, Deacon (sub Holmes 69 mins), Edwards, Smithson; Saunders, Brownhill (sub Woolley 69 mins). Subs not used: Davies, Bowles.
Tidswell (3 mins, 1-0); Tidswell (8 mins, 2-0); Hempenstall (22 mins, 3-0); Nuttell (41 mins, 4-0); Waumsley (81 mins, 5-0); Brookes (84 mins, 5-1).
Michael Leary – it could have been anyone really but the skipper led by example with a display which his boss called “immense”.
Romulus (H) – First Division South, Saturday.