Spalding United boss Ebdon expecting much more

Skipper Nathan Stainfield celebrates putting Spalding 2-0 up. Photos: TIM WILSON
Skipper Nathan Stainfield celebrates putting Spalding 2-0 up. Photos: TIM WILSON
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Marcus Ebdon will demand more from Spalding United in Tuesday night’s top-of-the-table showdown.

He maintained a 100 per cent league record as the Tulips’ new boss thanks to a thrilling 5-3 victory over Carlton Town on Saturday.

Jake Newman is congratulated on his early opener

Jake Newman is congratulated on his early opener

Ebdon’s first game in charge since his appointment last week following a caretaker spell was settled by a hat-trick from Jake Newman.

But Ebdon was not happy with the overall performance as Spalding threw away a 2-0 lead and needed three goals in the final seven minutes to get maximum points.

Victory lifted the Tulips into fourth position in the Evo-Stik League First Division South ahead of Tuesday’s home game against second-placed Coalville Town.

Ebdon said: “They are a very good side who won again on Saturday.

In the second half we were not really on it. To be honest, I thought we fell below those standards which we have set ourselves.

Marcus Ebdon

“Coalville are on form and they play good football so I’m sure it will be a tough game.

“We will certainly need a better performance to beat them.

“I wasn’t happy with the mistakes which we made on Saturday. Of course, we will take three points.

“Football can be a funny old game! You can go from that elation one minute and then two horrendous mistakes by Nathan Stainfield and Michael Duggan left us 3-2 down.

Nathan Stainfield makes it 2-0 after 20 minutes

Nathan Stainfield makes it 2-0 after 20 minutes

“We let them back into the game and you don’t expect those lads to make mistakes.

“In the second half we were not really on it. To be honest, I thought we fell below those standards which we have set ourselves.

“We kept going, though, and it was pleasing to see that character to get the result in the end.

“We know Newman is a natural goalscorer. When we signed him we knew what he would bring here without a shadow of doubt.”

High fives for Spalding at home to Carlton Town on Saturday

High fives for Spalding at home to Carlton Town on Saturday

Spalding handed a debut on Saturday to defender Ellis Humble (19) who has arrived from Grantham Town.