Tulips wilt as they slip to defeat

Spalding' United manager Pat Rayment. ENGANL00120120610165108
Spalding' United manager Pat Rayment. ENGANL00120120610165108

Huntingdon Town 2

Spalding Utd 0

UCL Premier Division

The Tulips suffered only their second defeat of the season with a disappointing performance in a top-of-the-table encounter at Jubilee Park.

The battle between the league’s top two teams never really lived up to expectations with a distinct lack of quality football. However, the home team adapted far better to the bumpy conditions and deserved to win.

A promising start saw Lee Beeson test home keeper Ryan Rayner from fully 30 yards but further opportunities were few and far between.

One of their few driving moves of the first half featured Lewis Webb, Ross Watson and Mark Jones on 37 minutes and ended with Dan Cotton firing over.

Huntingdon took the lead through Decan Rogers in the 58th minute. Keeper Tom Roberts got a hand to his shot but couldn’t keep it out.

Suddenly there was more urgency from the Tulips and they were only inches away from levelling when Lewis Webb just failed to get on the end of Beeson’s centre.

Huntingdon almost doubled their advantage five minutes later when a mis-judged headed clearance by Adam Jackson was seized upon on by Ben Seymour-Shove and his shot from 18 yards hit the post.

The same player finally wrapped things up a minute from time when he raced through unchallenged from what appeared to be an off-side position to score.

Rayment said: “It must have been five yards offside but I’m not taking anything away from Huntingdon because the game was nearly over by then.”

Nathan Stainfield was the pick of the Spalding players.

Spalding host Huntingdon on Saturday when the Tulips will be presented with the league championship trophy.

Spalding: Tom Roberts, Jonny Allen, Adam Jackson, Jamie Stevens (Dan Steadman, 70 mins), Nathan Stainfield, Lewis Webb, Lee Beeson, Ross Watson, Dan Cotton (Josh Ford, 70mins), Mark Jones, Jamie Thurlbourne (Chris Hall, 82 mins). Not Used: Danny Hussey, Michael Duggan.