TULIPS: TJ torments Town as Spalding cruise

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SPALDING UNITED 4 BOSTON TOWN 0: Tom James stole the show against his former side with an impressive hat-trick that sent Spalding up to second in the UCL Premier Division.

The in-form winger gunned down his former side at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field on Tuesday night, with Franny Green adding a late fourth.

Tulips chief Pat Rayment admitted the ruthless performance of his side had left him in a “happy place” – and lavished special praise on man-of-the-match James.

Rayment said: “TJ is a work in progress. I told him at the start of the season that he needed to do two things – work hard and listen. He’s certainly done that and his performances have been outstanding. He’s far from the finished article yet either, he has so much ability.

“Since the Deeping loss we’ve responded well, which is really promising and is something you love to see as a manager. Boston are a hard-working side, but we just battered them.”

The Tulips made the best possible start with two goals in the opening eight minutes – and both came from “TJ”.

His first, a close-range tap-in, finished off a fantastic flowing move. Number two then came from the penalty spot.

Michael Wood and Lori Borberly went close to pulling goals back for Town, but their hopes of a comeback were ended when James drilled home a low rocket from 18 yards, leaving the impressive Doug Lindberg helpless.There was still time for Spalding to bag their 50th league goal of the campaign as Green netted direct from a corner.

Spalding now welcome Peterborough Northern Star to the Sir Halley on Saturday (3pm).

Tulips: Drury, Doherty, Earls, Chamberlain, Fuff, Steadman, James, Hall (Kennedy 78), Green, Tolley (Joyce 73), Cotton. Not used: Hussey.

Att: 109