Nine-man Spalding United make a point

Marcus Ebdon and Danny Hussey were named as substitutes
Marcus Ebdon and Danny Hussey were named as substitutes
  • Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South - Carlton Town 0 Spalding United 0
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Spalding United came away with a goalless draw at Carlton Town despite two red cards.

Skipper Nathan Stainfield received his marching orders after picking up a second caution in the 75th minute and James Tricks got a straight red following an altercation with Carlton’s Kameron Campbell 10 minutes from the end of a keenly-contested encounter.

The game was played at a blistering pace throughout with the Tulips squad depleted by the absence of Neal Spafford (knee), Stuart Eason and Jonny Lockie (ankles) and Elllis Humble (unavailable).

Although Spalding created the better scoring chances, as in recent games they were unable to convert their dominance into goals.

Manager Marcus Ebdon and assistant Danny Hussey included themselves in the squad to bolster numbers.

Right-back Paul Walker again turned in a man-of-the-match display but was pressed hard for the honour by Sam Murphy who put in an excellent shift deputising for Spafford alongside Stainfield in the heart of the defence.

Twice in the early stages, home keeper Jack Steggles made good saves from Tom Waumsley.

The first followed a good right-wing move between Tricks and Joe Curtis and the second on 15 minutes from a neat ball into the area by Dan Banister.

Waumsley then curled a 25-yard shot inches wide of a top angle of the goal before Stainfield, moving up into attack, forced Steggles to save at full stretch.

The second half followed a similar pattern with the Tulips commanding the better share of possession but still unable to convert this into goals.

Carlton’s best efforts on goal came during the final 15 minutes following the departure of Stainfield and Tricks, with two shots clipping the crossbar.

The Tulips understandably came under some pressure during this time but held out superbly to earn a share of the points.

Spalding: Duggan, Walker, Jackson, Murphy, Stainfield, Lawlor, Curtis, Banister, Waumsley (sub Sanders 83 mins), Tricks, Thurlbourne (sub Hussey 89 mins). Subs not used: Ebdon, Talbot.