SATURDAY FOOTBALL: Tulips defeated but Rangers run continues

Spalding's second goal
Spalding's second goal
  • Tigers draw and Bourne hit eight

Spalding’s stuttering recent form continued this afternoon with a 3-2 home defeat to mid-table Stocksbridge Park Steels. Biggins and Hinchcliffe put the visitors into a 2-0 half time lead before Wells pulled one back for the Tulips early in the second half.

However, Lumsden restored the visitors’ two-goal advantage midway throgh the second period, meaning Hamilton’s last minute effort for Spalding meant little. Spalding remain third.

In the premier division of the United Counties League, Deeping Rangers kept up their great form with an impressive 4-1 win at Yaxley. An own goal put Rangers 1-0 up at Leading Drove before Scott Mooney doubled their lead with an absolute screamer to make it 2-0 at the break.

Scott Coupland missed a penalty for Deeping and Yaxley then pulled one back before Jason Kilbride made it three and Mooney wrapped up the victory with the fourth. Rangers are now third in the table.

Holbeach United are fourth after a 2-2 home draw with fifth place Harborough Town.The visitors took the lead after a 38th minute own goal, but Josh Ford equalised within a couple of minutes.

May restored Town’s lead in the 70th minute but the Tigers sealed a share of the points in injury time with a terrific free kick from Jack Smith.

In division one Bourne Town go up to 14th place after heaping the agony on bottom of the table Stewart & Lloyds AFC with an 8-1 victory at Abbey Lawn.

George Couzens (3), Craig Rooke (2), Aaron Jesson and Tyler Sculthorpe (2) were the scorers.

• A minute’s silence was held before all UCL games today in memory of league scretary Jeremy Biggs, who passed away this week.