Spalding United boss Ebdon unhappy with second-half display

Michael Duggan makes a superb save to prevent an own-goal by Ellis Humble (14)
Michael Duggan makes a superb save to prevent an own-goal by Ellis Humble (14)

Goalkeeper Michael Duggan overcame illness to produce another impressive display for Spalding United on Saturday.

He was handed the Tulips’ man-of-the-match award as a superb save prevented an own-goal by substitute Ellis Humble on 88 minutes.

From the corner, Rugby Town had a ‘goal’ disallowed to leave them furious after the final whistle.

Boss Marcus Ebdon said: “I thought it was a definite foul and the referee blew his whistle before the ball went into our net.

“To be honest, I felt they were the better side.

“Duggan did well in the game after being ill on Friday night and Saturday. He was throwing up before the game but his performance was different class.

Sam Murphy fires over with the last kick of the game

Sam Murphy fires over with the last kick of the game

“I’m happy with a point but the big problem is that a draw is not enough for either side.

“They had the upper hand in the second half when they were far better than us.

“We didn’t show the same intensity from the first half.

“That’s been our problem as we only play for 45 minutes. We are not playing for the full game. When we play well, we are as good as anyone in the league.

Duggan did well in the game after being ill on Friday night and Saturday. He was throwing up before the game but his performance was different class.

Marcus Ebdon

“On the plus side, I thought Joe Curtis did well on his debut with good touches and I’m sure he will only get better with us.”

Spalding now face three successive away games with Kidsgrove Athletic, Carlton Town and Belper Town before the next home game against Lincoln United on Easter Monday.

The Tulips remain eighth in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South – six points adrift of 
Lincoln who also have a game in hand to stay in control of the final play-off place.

Charley Sanders and Nathan Stainfield beaten by Rugby skipper Steve Towers

Charley Sanders and Nathan Stainfield beaten by Rugby skipper Steve Towers