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Spalding United claim a victory double over the Bank Holiday weekend in the Northern Premier League Midlands Division



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Spalding manager Gabriel Zakuani toasted a 'fantastic' Bank Holiday weekend for his side as the Tulips triumphed in Monday's match with Histon at the Sir Halley Stewart ground.

They ran out 3-0 home winners to net a maximum points haul over the weekend following Saturday's 2-1 victory at Corby Town.

Lyes Mezine, Stefan Broccoli and the returning Marcus Maddison were on target in front of a crowd of 327 for the Northern Premier League Midlands Division match.

Spalding United were celebrating a six-point haul over the Bank Holiday weekend. (50737523)
Spalding United were celebrating a six-point haul over the Bank Holiday weekend. (50737523)

Zakuani said: "It's been a fantastic Bank Holiday for us with two wins.

"We are building momentum very nicely and everyone knows that I love to keep a clean sheet.

"The fans were brilliant again and it's now time for us to rest and look forward to our FA Cup tie at the weekend."

Spalding fielded an unchanged starting line-up from Saturday's success at Corby but were boosted by the return of Maddison on the substitutes' bench following a hamstring injury sustained on the opening day of the season.

They made the early running against a Histon side which had collected four points from their opening four games.

Visiting goalkeeper Sam Roach palmed away an early free-kick before producing a fine save to thwart Gregg Smith from James Hugo's long throw.

Urijah Gordon-Douglas headed just over from a corner for the visitors before Broccoli set Chris Assombalonga free only for Roach to excelt again by saving with his feet.

An opening goal had been coming and it duly arrived on 20 minutes when another long throw from Hugo sparked confusion in the box and Mezine pounced to produce a smart turn and fire home.

Scott Floyd went close to doubling the lead only to be denied by Roach who then saved superbly again in a one-on-one with Broccoli as both sides seemed to lose a bit of momentum as the half drew to a close.

Histon started the second period on the front foot and Marcus Cole tested Michael Duggan in the home goal who was equal to the cross-shot.

Kai Nicholls sent another effort just wide before Maddison was introduced midway through the second half.

He immediately started to cause problems for Histon and his break forward set up a chance for Assombalonga who fired wide.

Spalding then doubled their lead with 16 minutes remaining as Smith played the ball into Assombalonga who chested it down for the incoming Broccoli to score for the second successive game.

The Tulips now started to crank up the pressure and Maddison got the scoresheet with 10 minutes remaining to seal the success as he turned sharply in the box before driving home a low finish.

The lead could have increased further as Hugo was denied by the impressive Roach with Maddison firing another effort wide as Spalding finished in control.

The victory moved the Tulips up into seventh spot with nine points from four games. They take a break from league action this weekend when they visit Midland League side Tividale in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup.

Spalding: Duggan, Yala (Baker), Hugo, Bucciero (Clarke), Stainfield, Odogwo-Atkinson, Floyd, Broccoli, Smith, Assombalonga, Mezine (Maddison). Sub not used: Mucklin.



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