TULIPS: Super Star sink sluggish Spalding

On the back foot: Callum Earls battles for the ball on Monday.
On the back foot: Callum Earls battles for the ball on Monday.

PETERBOROUGH NS 6 (Staffieri pen 26, Clements 45 & 75, Gibbs 76 & 90, Jones 89) SPALDING UNITED 0: LIFE after Andy Stanhope began in the worst possible fashion for the Tulips as Star smashed them for six.

In a brutal Boxing Day beating, Dan Clements and Karl Gibbs both bagged doubles, while ex-Holbeach striker Addie Staffieri also notched a penalty and defender Richard Jones fired home a superb volley.

Spalding, who came into the game on a four-game unbeaten run, didn’t respond positively to Stanhope’s sacking and consequently slip to 11th in the UCL Premier Division standings.

For hosts Peterborough, the win ended a run of five successive league losses.

Player/coach Danny Hussey pulled no punches in his assessment of the performance.

He said: “We were unlucky to go in 2-0 down at the break, but once the third goal went in the heads dropped.

“There was no spirit or determination from most of the team, which is something we can’t accept.

“It’s clear that a few changes need to be made, but obviously a decision will need to be taken on who is in permanent charge of the team first.”

Tulips: Conroy, Duncliffe, Earls, Fuff, Ashton, Allen (Ford 46), Farden, Thompson, O’Loughlin (Lyon 67), Smith, Mowbray. Not used: Hussey.

Saturday: Daventry Utd v Tulips (3pm); Tuesday: Sleaford v Tulips (7.45pm).