COGENHOE UNITED 4 (Wells 5 & 67, Bates 30, Bartley 87) SPALDING UNITED 0: THIS season can’t end soon enough for Spalding, who now look increasingly unlikely to finish in the UCL Premier Division’s top ten.
Mid-table rivals Cogenhoe were too strong for the lacklustre Tulips, who have won just two of their last ten games.
With just four games remaining – all against sides in the top six – a campaign that was expected to yield silverware is now fizzling out into disappointment.
Although confident of turning the tables over the summer, boss Pat Rayment couldn’t hide his contempt for what he described as a “dire display” at Compton Park.
He said: “At half time I was actually quite happy, we were the better side despite being 2-0 down.
“But it was toothless after that, it was both awful and disappointing. Anybody in this team that thinks they’ve already done enough to be considered for next season is wrong.
“It’s not in my nature to give up and dismiss our last four fixtures. This team is a reflection on me and at the moment I don’t like what I’m seeing.”
The Cooks needed just five minutes to open the scoring, Derri Wells spectacularly lobbing Nick Conroy from 30 yards.
Spalding bounced back well against a side they had beaten 3-0 earlier in the season, with Ricky Miller central to their efforts.
He saw a strike flash wide of the post, before being denied by both Dean Love and the post on two other occasions.
Cogenhoe, however, broke clear all too easily on 30 minutes, allowing Karl Bates to steer the ball comfortably past Conroy to increase the home lead.
Spalding duo Greg Smith and Simon Ashton saw attempts go wide before the break, but the visitors offered little in the second period.
The hosts, on the other handed, added two more to their tally through Wells and sub Jack Bartley.
With no game this weekend, Rayment and his side have two weeks to reflect on their latest loss.
Tulips: Conroy, Bolland, Lyon (Hussey 78), Porter, Fuff, Ashton, French, Wright, Smith (Allen 78), Miller, James (Ford 70).
• Next fixture: Tulips v Long Buckby (Saturday, March 31, 3pm).