Lincoln Utd 6 Spalding Utd 1: ANDY Stanhope admitted that he’ll be glad to see the back of Spalding’s mid-week fixtures after witnessing another mauling on Tuesday night.
The Tulips’ dreadful season plunged to a new low at Ashby Avenue, as they were handed their heaviest defeat in four months.
Spalding were a shell of the side that performed so admirably in Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Belper Town, with a number of players again unavailable.
They have now conceded 38 goals from 11 midweek Evo-Stik League First Division South games this season.
New boss Stanhope has now seen his side ship 12 goals in his three games in charge and they are four points from safety – having played FOUR more games than 20th placed Rainworth Miners Welfare.
But he was keen to take the positives from the display, with Spalding Athletic youngsters Alex Lyon and Jordan Hayes putting in eye-catching performances.
Striker Hayes marked his debut with a goal, while left back Lyon was named man of the match.
Stanhope said: “I’ll be glad when we just play at weekends. Getting a team together for midweek is proving pretty tough.
“I’m disappointed with the scoreline but it’s another result we have to take on the chin. I always knew it’d take a few weeks to get a decent side together.
“To be honest they had two dubious penalties awarded early and that killed us. But I was happy with Hayes and Lyon, and playing at this level can only help them.”
Lincoln were ahead on three minutes, as keeper Max Flintoft fouled Sam Wilkinson. The referee allowed play to go on for over ten seconds before awarding the penalty.
Scott Coupland duly despatched from the spot – and he repeated the trick on 27 minutes after a Gary Pawson handball.
It got worse for the Tulips, as Wilkinson and Chris Funnell also scored to make it 4-0 at the break. Hayes did lob home a cracking consolation after the break, but Sam Orritt and an Alistair Holding own goal completed the rout.
Stanhope expects his side to be much stronger for Saturday’s trip to Rushall Olympic (3pm).
Tulips: Flintoft, Drury, Lyon, Goosey, Pawson, Holding, Curruthers, Deane, Hayes (Donaghy 69), Eustace, Shaw. Not used: Greetham, Todd, de Oliveira.
Goals: Lincoln - Coupland pens 3 & 27, Wilkinson 31, Funnell 38, Orritt 72, Holding OG 87.
Tulips - Hayes 50.
•STAMFORD have made a seven day approach for ex-Spalding skipper Matty Evans. Shepshed Dynamo and Sutton Coldfield Town are chasing Jon Jones too. Both players left Spalding after Richard Scott’s resignation.