TULIPS: Cobb creates an instant impression

Debut delight: David Cobb
Debut delight: David Cobb
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SPALDING UNITED 4 LOUTH TOWN 2: DAVID Cobb notched a debut goal as the Tulips saw off Louth on Tuesday night – but boss Andy Stanhope was less than impressed with his team’s showing.

On-trial winger Cobb, who won the UCL Premier Division title with Deeping Rangers in 2007, scored the fourth Spalding goal in the lively Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field friendly.

Summer recruits Liam Hook, Liam Harrold and Josh Ford were also on target for the free-scoring Tulips, who were pegged back to 2-2 at half-time.

Although Cobb impressed Stanhope, the Spalding supremo wants to see more from his charges ahead of the big UCL kick-off on Saturday week.

Stanhope said: “I was pretty disappointed with the performance if I’m honest. We need to show much more than that if we’re going to be competitive at the start of the league season.

“I thought Cobb did really well after a tough first half. It was difficult for him as the team didn’t really perform.

“He approached us after leaving St Neots and it’s the first time I’ve had a proper look at him.

“We’ll make a decision on what to do in the next few days. I think the squad needs strengthening a little bit.”

Hook got the ball rolling for Spalding with a third-minute opener, before a scrambled Harrold effort gave the hosts a comfortable 2-0 advantage.

However, Andy Willoughby and Carl Martin caught the Tulips napping and levelled matters by the 26th minute.

A bullet header from Ford and Cobb’s 56th minute effort wrapped up the win for Spaldiing, but they’ll need to up their game ahead of Saturday’s visit of Wisbech Town (3pm).

Stanhope admits the clash will be a really good test for his charges and expects to field his strongest possible side.

Only keeper Luke McShane will miss the game, while striker Simon Mowbray – who sat out the Louth game – is a doubt with a back injury.

• Pinchbeck United beat United Counties League side Raunds Town 2-0 on Tuesday night to register their most impressive pre-season win. They host another UCL outfit – Boston Town – at Knight Street on Saturday (3pm).