SPALDING UTD 1 (O’Loughlin pen 90) MOULTON HARROX 1 (Cartlidge 82): RYAN O’Loughlin’s second goal in as many games rescued a draw for the Tulips in a largely even friendly clash on Saturday.
New boy Jamie Cartlidge looked to have secured a shock win for Harrox with an 82nd-minute opener at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field.
But O’Loughlin had other ideas as he won and converted a late penalty for the hosts.
Spalding boss Andy Stanhope was happy enough with what he saw.
He said: “We were missing about six players, but it was good to see what some of the lads are made of.
“At this stage it’s all about getting games under our belts and it was a good workout.
“I’m not to fussed about the scoreline, but no excuses, Moulton played well.”
There was some bad news for Stanhope though, with midfielder Elliot Dent breaking his toe in the first half.
And the Spalding boss hasn’t ruled out dipping back into the transfer market should the right player become available.
Stanhope said: “There’s nothing we can do about Elliot, it’s just one of those things.
“I’m happy with what we’ve got, but this is football. If good players become available, we’ll have a look at them.”
Watched by Hull City defender Jack Hobbs, the two rivals battled out a lively first period.
Danny French went closest to breaking the deadlock, but his effort came back off the near post.
Strikers Liam Harrold and Simon Mowbray both went close too, while at the other end Luke McShane made a number of fine stops throughout.
Cartlidge eventually opened the scoring with a header from a corner late on, only for O’Loughlin to slot home a timely leveller in the dying seconds.
Spalding play host to a Boston United XI on Saturday (3pm).