TULIPS: Spalding fightback silences Cuckoos

Spalding United's Troy Farden
Spalding United's Troy Farden
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SPALDING UNITED 2 (Farden 13, Good 48) YAXLEY 1 (Baines 12): BEN Good was the hero again as the Tulips made it back-to-back victories.

It wasn’t pretty, but for the second time in four days Spalding found a way to win in the UCL Premier Division.

Having ground out a 1-0 triumph over S&L Corby on Saturday, a maiden goal for Troy Farden and Good’s gutsy winner helped Andy Stanhope’s side come from a goal down at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field on Tuesday night.

Yaxley had led through Mark Baines’ 30-yard stunner, which was the highlight of an otherwise dour contest.

Tulips boss Stanhope admitted the game wasn’t much of a spectacle, but made no apologies.

He said: “It wasn’t a game for the neutral, but we’ve battled back to get a good win.

“Winning is the most important thing and for the second time in a row we’ve ground one out.

“Once again I thought Ben Good was first class.

“He’s a top lad and I’m chuffed to bits that he’s got another winning goal.

“Troy Farden did well too. It was only his third game for us and he’ll only get better.”

Fans were left hoping things would get better after ten minutes on Tuesday night too – and their wish was granted.

Ex-Deeping ace Baines arrowed a sensational strike past former team-mate Nick Conroy to hand Yaxley a shock lead – something the midfield ace reminded the Tulips’ keeper about at half time.

Spalding were only behind for a matter of seconds though, as Farden instantly fired a low left foot finish past Cuckoos’ stopper Aaron Bellairs to restore parity.

Yaxley almost went back ahead through ex-Tulip Liam Harrold, but he fluffed his lines following a rare mistake from Conroy.

The remainder of the first period was instantly forgettable, but Good ensured the second half started in style.

He raced onto a hopeful long pass and managed to clip a strike past Bellairs from a tight angle, despite being fouled in the process.

Indeed, referee Jonathan Amess admitted to Stanhope that he’d have given a penalty had the ball not gone in.

Spalding’s leading scorer Greg Smith headed a glaring chance wide soon after to set up a jittery finish, which saw Yaxley sub Dan Fountain send an effort just past the far post.

But the Tulips were just about value for their win – and will hope to make it three on the trot when they host Daventry United on Saturday (3pm).

Tulips: Conroy, Duncliffe, Lyon, Earls, Fuff, Ashton, James (French 80), Forden, Smith (Mowbray 82), Good, O’Loughlin. Not used: Harris, Allen, Hussey.