For the second successive week, Spalding hosted a team fighting against relegation from Men’s Premier B and once again found their opposition wanting the win more.
Following the derby defeat at home to Long Sutton, they went down 4-1 to bottom-of-the-table Harleston Magpies 2nd at Glen Park on Saturday.
Spalding started brightly and created a number of chances in the opening period but were unable to make the most of them due to a combination of rushed finishing and some excellent work by the keeper who had just been dropped from the Magpies’ National League team.
Spalding took the lead on 20 minutes with a sensational touch from Glenn Richardson following a pinpoint through-ball by Stuart Cunnington.
But the Norfolk boys bounced back and scored an equaliser just before the break.
A sloppy start to the second half saw Spalding concede again but this inspired them to a spell which promised much.
They forced a series of short corners to no avail and found the net just after the whistle.
With the home side pushing forward in search of the equaliser, gaps appeared at the back which were well exploited by the visitors as they added two further goals in the closing stages.
Meanwhile, the second team went two points clear at the top of Division Four North West thanks to a 6-0 victory over City of Peterborough 7th.
Spalding started the game strongly and dominated possession with controlled quick interplay.
The game was played in Peterborough’s half as the home side probed their opponents and were rewarded when Darren Grooby squared for James Stone to poke home from close range.
Spalding continued to dominate and were further rewarded when the ball broke to Joe Rogers at the top of the D and his drag flicked effort was deftly deflected home by Tom Mayhew.
Spalding could have been a lot further ahead but for some brilliant goalkeeping.
The second half continued in the same manner with Spalding dominance and four further goals were added.
Firstly following some more slick passing the ball was squared for Mayhew to claim his second from close range.
Spalding then took total control as Rogers (2) and Daniel Adams sealed the win.
Men’s Premier B: Spalding 1 Harleston Magpies 2nd 4, Wisbech Town 2 Norwich City 2.
Men’s Division One: Wapping 2nd 5 Cambridge City 3rd 0.
Men’s Division Three North West: Louth 2 CoP 5th 3, Horncastle 4 Ely City 2.
Men’s Division Four North West: CoP 6th 0 Spalding 3rd 0, Spalding 2nd 6 CoP 7th 0.
Men’s Division Five North West: Cambridge South 4th 2 March Town 2nd 6, St Neots 2nd 7 Bourne Deeping 5th 1, Spalding 4th 1 Long Sutton 3rd 5.
Men’s Division Six North West (N): Spalding 5th 2 Louth 2nd 0.
Women’s Division One North: Cambridge City 2nd 2 Bedford 2nd 0, Lindum 2 Saffron Walden 1, Letchworth 0 Blueharts 6, Royston 0 Wisbech Town 6.
Women’s Division Two North West: St Neots 0 Cambridge City 3rd 1, St Ives 4 Alford & District 0.
Women’s Division Three North West: St Ives 2nd 2 Ely City 1, Spalding 3rd 2 Huntingdon 3, CoP 3rd 0 Haverhill 0, Newmarket 2nd 2 Leadenham 4.
Women’s Division Four North West (North): Long Sutton 2nd 3 Alford & District 2nd 2.
Men’s Premier B: Long Sutton v Felixstowe, Harleston Magpies 2nd v Cambridge Uni 2nd, Wisbech Town v I-ES, Norwich City v CoP 2nd, Spalding v Waltham Forest, Saffron Walden v Letchworth.
Men’s Division One: CoP 3rd v Cambridge City 3rd, Bourne Deeping v East London, March Town v Chelmsford 2nd, Pelicans v Old Southendian, West Herts 2nd v Wapping 2nd, Bishop’s Stortford v Ford.
Men’s Division Three North West: CoP 5th v St Neots, Horncastle v Cambridge South, Ely City v St Ives 2nd, Louth v Long Sutton 2nd, Cambridge City Vets v Bourne Deeping 2nd, Cambridge Uni 3rd v Wisbech Town 2nd.
Men’s Division Four North West: CoP 7th v Cambridge City 5th, Bourne Deeping 3rd v St Ives 3rd, Wisbech Town 3rd v Spalding 3rd, Spalding 2nd v CoP 6th, Leadenham v Cambridge Nomads 2nd, Cambridge South 2nd v Ely City 2nd.
Men’s Division Five North West: Long Sutton 3rd v Cambridge City 6th, Bourne Deeping 5th v Cambridge South 3rd, March Town 2nd v St Ives 4th, Spalding 4th v Alford & District, St Neots 2nd v Bourne Deeping 4th, Cambridge South 4th v Wisbech Town 4th.
Men’s Division Six North West (N): Alford & District 2nd v Horncastle 2nd, Bourne Deeping 6th v Grantham, Leadenham 2nd v Spalding 5th, Long Sutton 4th v Louth 2nd.
Women’s Division One North: Norwich City v Spalding, CoP v Saffron Walden, Bedford 2nd v Blueharts, Norwich Dragons 2nd v Letchworth, Wisbech Town v Royston, Cambridge City 2nd v Lindum.
Women’s Division Two North West: Alford & District v Wisbech Town 2nd, Cambridge Nomads v Cambridge City 3rd, Lindum 2nd v Pelicans, St Ives v Long Sutton, Newmarket v CoP 2nd, Cambridge Uni 2nd v St Neots.
Women’s Division Three North West: St Ives 2nd v Bourne Deeping, Cambridge South v Newmarket 2nd, Spalding 2nd v CoP 3rd, March Town v Spalding 3rd, Huntingdon v Haverhill, Leadenham v Cambridge Uni 3rd.
Women’s Division Four North West (North): Louth 2nd v Bourne Deeping 2nd, Alford & District 2nd v CoP 4th, Skegness v Horncastle, Spilsby v Long Sutton 2nd, Wisbech Town 3rd v Woodhall Spa.