Miller scores twice as terrific Tulips hit sorry Soham for six

Spalding Utd striker Andrew Tidswell who could have had a hat-trick at Soham Town Rangers.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Spalding Utd striker Andrew Tidswell who could have had a hat-trick at Soham Town Rangers. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Spalding United romped into the first qualifying round of the FA trophy at Soham on Saturday and pocketed a very nice £2,500 in prize money in the process, writes Ray Tucker.

Victory at Julius Martin Lane sees the Tulips travel to Evo-Stik League rivals Leek Town, who returned from Bedworth 5-2 victors on Saturday, in the next stage of this national non-league competition.

Soham, who ply their trade in the Ryman League, snatched a 16th minute lead through towering centre-half Jordan Gent, but their advantage lasted just eight minutes with Ryan Oliver gliding in the equaliser from a Jamie Thurlbourne cross.

End-to-end play followed but the Tulips took the lead on 40 minutes through midfield colossus Lewis Webb with a low shot following a neat pass from Chris Hall.

The second period was totally different with the Tulips turning in a totally dominant display.

Adam Jackson found young striker Tom Waumsley who made it 3-1 on 65 minutes with his eighth goal of the season, just after missing a golden chance.

Hall, who had moved up front to join substitute Andrew Tidswell, then scored the pick of the bunch on 75 minutes with a cheeky, but well executed overhead kick from inside the area for his first goal of the campaign.

Just four minutes later Kern Miller headed home a Thurlbourne corner and in a similar situation he added his second deep into added time.

Leading scorer Tidswell, who had replaced Oliver, was desperately close to scoring a hat-trick in the final ten minutes, twice being denied by goalkeeper Joe Templeman and then seeing another cracking effort zip inches past a far post.

George Stainfield was drafted in for his first start of the season and had an outstanding game on the right side of midfield earning the man-of-the-match accolade.

Spalding: Duggan, Griffiths, Jackson, Miller, N. Stainfield, Webb, G. Stainfield, Hall, Waumsley (McKue 72 mins), Oliver (Tidswell 65 mins), Thurlbourne. Sub (not used) Jordan Nuttell.