TULIPS: Stan coy on future as relegation draws ever closer

Borrowed time: Andy Stanhope accepts that the Tulips are in big trouble in Evo-Stik League Division One South, while (below) Spalding stalwart David Short was remembered before kick off with one minute of silence followed by 60 seconds of applause. Photos by TIM WILSON.
Borrowed time: Andy Stanhope accepts that the Tulips are in big trouble in Evo-Stik League Division One South, while (below) Spalding stalwart David Short was remembered before kick off with one minute of silence followed by 60 seconds of applause. Photos by TIM WILSON.
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Spalding United 0 Romulus 7: CRISIS club Spalding sunk to a new low on Saturday as their six-year stay in the Evo-Stik League First Division South all but came to an end.

In their worst performance in recent memory, the Tulips proved just how far out of their depth they are at this level.

Romulus hit seven goals without getting out of first gear, leaving the Tulips seven points from safety with 12 fixtures left, having played four more games than chief relegation rivals Rainworth.

Boss Andy Stanhope, who has had to pick up the pieces following an all to familiar player exodus after the departure of Richard Scott, admits that the outlook is now bleak for his charges.

And, in the wake of six successive defeats, the club legend refused to commit his long-term future to the club.

Clearly embarrassed by the display, he said: “It’s fair to say we’re miles away from were we need to be. They looked like scoring every time they went forward and we defended poorly.

“I don’t want to talk about next season. I’m here to help the club out. The main reason for coming here was just to keep the club going. Nothing has been discussed regarding relegation or my role.

“Obviously it’s hard to be associated with a result like this, but I knew the situation when I took over.”

Spalding, who again handed debuts to four players, mustered nothing to write home about as an attacking force.

At the other end, goals from Marvin Johnson, man-of-the-match Peter Faulds, Ashley Jackson and Marcus Brown gave Romulus a 4-0 half-time lead.

Johnson and Faulds bagged again after the break, before Rob Evans smashed home the pick of the goals to round off the scoring.

It’s now 15 games without a win for Spalding, who must accept that that a drop to the UCL Premier Division and a big shake-up are now necessary if they are to rebuild their

reputation.

Tulips: Brassington, Holding (Chappell 60), Nodder, Goosey, Pawson, Brewer, Carruthers, Denham, Freeman (Outram 64), Kennedy (Self 60), Shahin. Not used: Eustace.

Goals: Romulus - Johnson 8 & 53, Faulds 23 & 62, Jackson 28, Brown 40, Evans 72.

Sat - Tulips v Sheffield FC (3pm)