Tulips rewarded on extra-special night

Jamie Thurlbourne fires Spalding's first goal of the season. Photo: Tim Wilson
Jamie Thurlbourne fires Spalding's first goal of the season. Photo: Tim Wilson

Spalding United 4 Brigg Town 1

It was a nightmare for three goalkeepers – but an extra-special evening for Spalding United.

The first home game of the season ended in a margin of victory which the Tulips have been used to handing out at a lower level.

And they were good value for three points to kick-start the campaign following their opening-day defeat.

An excellent effort could have been spoiled when an own-goal by Michael Duggan gifted Brigg Town’s equaliser.

But Spalding simply stepped up a gear and made sure that they got what they deserved.

Having missed first-half chances to take the lead at Sutton Coldfield Town on Saturday, the Tulips went in front with their opening clear-cut opportunity on Tuesday night as Jamie Thurlbourne fired home on 19 minutes.

Before the break it could have become comfortable but Kern Miller, Jordan Thomas and Ash Burbeary missed the target while Thurlbourne’s free-kick was headed out.

Brigg only briefly looked like posing a threat through Joshua Nichol who was denied by Duggan’s tackle and then the striker headed over with another golden chance.

However, they got back on level terms when Duggan punched Anthony Bowsley’s corner into the air and then pushed the ball into his own net.

The keeper, on his return from injury, had looked so assured in collecting crosses until that moment.

So, after a basic error, he would have been relieved when Spalding regained the advantage just eight minutes later.

Chris Hall won a corner which Thurlbourne swung over for Miller to nod home.

Waumsley’s header came off the crossbar but Brigg were reduced to 10 men when Jody Barford handled outside the penalty box.

Defender Brett Lucas took the number one jersey and gloves but his first task was picking the ball out of the net as Waumsley got the final touch to Thurlbourne’s deflected free-kick.

Lucas had no chance as Mitch Griffiths made it 4-1 on his full debut, although the winger suffered a hamstring injury in shooting.

Spalding United (4-4-2): Duggan 6; Bore 7, Miller 8, Leary 7, Jackson 7; Griffiths 7 (sub G Stainfield 86 mins), Webb 7, Hall 8, Thurlbourne 8; Thomas 7, Burbeary 7 (sub Waumsley 68 mins, 7). Subs not used: McKue, N Stainfield, Roberts.

Brigg Town (4-4-2): Barford; Peers, Hellewell, Lucas, Freeman; Ashton, Taylor, Bowsley, Buttle (sub Broughton 75 mins); Nichol, Kingsley (sub McKay 75 mins). Sub not used: Cowling.

REFEREE

Andrew Park.

GOALS

Thurlbourne (19 mins, 1-0); Duggan og (64 mins, 1-1); Miller (72 mins, 2-1); Waumsley (77 mins, 3-1); Griffiths (86 mins, 4-1).

SENDING-OFF

Barford (76 mins, handling outside the penalty box).

BOOKING

Peers (foul).

ATTENDANCE

121.

STAR MAN

Jamie Thurlbourne – first goal followed by two assists.

WHo’S NEXT

Chasetown (H) – Saturday.