SPALDING UNITED 5 (Shahin 23 & 62, Ford 26, Mowbray 72, Hook 87) BOSTON UNITED XI 0: CLINICAL Spalding delivered their best pre-season performance to date as a second-string Pilgrims outfit were swept aside on Saturday.
Attackers Jammal Shahin (2), Josh Ford and Simon Mowbray weighed in with four of the five goals, with a late Liam Hook effort completing the scoring.
It was the perfect end to a historic week for the Tulips, with chairman Chris Toynton and Spalding Athletic supremo Andy Coaten confirming their link-up with a handshake prior to kick off.
The young Boston side offered little as an attacking force, with Tulips boss Andy Stanhope admitting his side were comfortable winners.
He said: “With all due respect, Boston brought a young squad and we had too much for them.
“But you can only beat what is put in front of you and I thought we were excellent all over the pitch.
“It’ll be a better test at Grantham tonight.”
Spalding seized the initiative from the off and eventually took the lead with a classy Shahin strike. Having been played through by Hook, he dinked delightfully home.
Ford made it 2-0 moments later with a coolly taken left-footed strike – his first goal since joining from Moulton Harrox.
Shahin wrapped the game up with a scrappy second, before Mowbray buried a beauty into the bottom right corner.
There was still time for Hook to round off the rout with a deflected 20-yard drive.
Stanhope couldn’t have wished for a better performance, which stands them in good stead for tonight’s Lincs Senior Shield tie at Grantham Town (7.45pm).
The winners will meet Stamford in round two.
Tulips: McShane, Duncliffe, Earls, Thompson (Harris), Pawson, Baker, Shahin, Hook, Ford (Harrold), Mowbray (Lyon), O’Loughlin (French).
• Tonight – Grantham Town v Tulips (7.45pm); Sat – Tulips fun day (1pm-4pm, more in Thursday’s Spalding Guardian).