Spalding United 0 Chasetown 2
This certainly can’t be allowed to happen every Saturday afternoon.
For the second successive weekend, Spalding United were punished for wasting first-half chances to take the lead.
When the performance level dropped after the break – just as it had also done on the opening day of the season at Sutton Coldfield Town – they conceded again and there was no way back.
In between the 2-0 defeats Spalding were full value for a midweek home win against Brigg Town.
So they could have earned maximum points from three games and instead they only collected three.
Of course, it’s far too early for anyone to panic and those early displays would suggest that Spalding are capable of competing well at a higher level.
Although it took a while to get going against Chasetown, the hosts should have gone ahead during an excellent spell of pressure.
Kern Miller and Mitch Griffiths both went close from Jamie Thurlbourne’s corners while Tom Waumsley and Lewis Webb forced keeper John Bateman into saves.
Another set-piece from Thurlbourne found Griffiths at the far post but his close-range effort bounced to safety off Dexter Ravenhill on the line.
Spalding should have been in front, although there was a warning as Simon Brown’s left-foot volley went narrowly wide of the far post.
Brown had already been denied by Michael Duggan’s superb save when he clawed out an early free-kick which was heading towards the top corner of the net.
But four minutes into the second half Brown delivered a cross which Lee Parsons nodded down for Nathan Waite to tap in.
Waite should have claimed an assist soon afterwards but his strike partner Nick Wellecomme headed over at the far post.
The question was could Spalding respond and the answer always looked much more likely to be negative.
Duggan pushed out Brown’s drive and he pulled off a brilliant save low down from Wellecomme moments after skipper Michael Leary had cleared the Chasetown frontman’s effort inside the six-yard box.
The lead was doubled with only four minutes to go as substitute Danny Edwards found himself free at the far post to head home.
Again it could have been a different story for Spalding but they only have themselves to blame.
Not even the anticipated return of star striker Andrew Tidswell could make any real impact as he never got a clear-cut chance. And at the other end the Tulips haven’t kept a clean sheet either.
4-4-2: Duggan 8; Bore 6, Miller 7, Leary 7, Jackson 6; Griffiths 6, Webb 6, Hall 6, Thurlbourne 6; Tidswell 6, Waumsley 6 (sub Burbeary 64 mins, 6). Subs not used: McKue, Ebdon, Roberts.
4-4-2: Bateman; Johnson, Slater, Robinson, Ravenhill; Brown (sub Butler 71 mins), Parsons, Downes, Davies (sub McDonald 64 mins); Wellecomme (sub Edwards 89 mins), Waite. Subs not used: Evans, George.
Waite (49 mins, 0-1); Edwards (86 mins, 0-2).
Michael Duggan – sensational save from free-kick and a couple of excellent stops after the break as well.