DAVENTRY UNITED 1 (Lorraine 48) SPALDING UNITED 4 (Mowbray 23, 39, 72 & pen 80): SIMON Mowbray fired all four goals as the Tulips bounced back from their Boxing Day nightmare in style.
The striker, who hadn’t scored away from home all season, broke his duck with two in each half on Saturday to take his tally for the season to 16 and make him Spalding’s leading marksman.
It was also maiden success for caretaker/boss Bob Don-Duncan and his number two Danny Hussey, who had lost their first game in charge 6-0 at Peterborough Northern Star last Monday.
Two new faces made their respective debuts in the UCL Premier Division clash at Communications Park, with ex-Olney man Matt Brady starting in midfield and Kettering Town recruit Tom Cherry a late substitute.
Mowbray got the ball rolling on 23 minutes after robbing Daventry keeper Ant O’Connor, before applying the finishing touch to a fine Callum Earls cross just before the break.
Tom Lorraine instantly pulled one back for the hosts after the break and was then denied a leveller by a superb Nick Conroy stop.
However, Mowbray settled the Spalding nerves when he rounded O’Connor to complete his treble 18 minutes from time.
There was still time for the on-song striker to add another to his tally, this time from the penalty spot.
Having won the spot-kick himself, Mowbray kept his cool to slot home and secure a fourth win in six games for the Tulips.
Tulips: Conroy, Duncliffe, Earls, Thompson, Fuff, Ashton, Brady (O’Loughlin 85), Farden, Smith (Cherry 75), Mowbray (Ford 81), James. Not used: Lyon, Hussey.
• Tonight: Sleaford Town v Tulips (7.45pm); Saturday: Yaxley v Tulips (3pm).