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FOOTBALL: Spalding United under-21s coach Lewis Thorogood slams 'unacceptable' performance from his side at home to Brigg Town




Spalding United under-21s coach Lewis Thorogood admitted to being “frustrated, disappointed and a little bit angry”after Tuesday night’s display against Brigg Town.

Thorogood shared some “home truths” with a side that included five players in the reckoning for first team action, one of them being Kegan Everington who will play some role against Belper Town on Saturday after suspension.

After taking control of the game early on, the Tulips allowed Brigg to score five times, an outcome Thorogood described as “unacceptable”.

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Action from Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field where Spalding United under-12s played Brigg Town - Sam East's free kick deflects off Spalding's wall and past Bradley Waters. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-041218-061TW Action from Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field where Spalding United under-12s played Brigg Town. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-041218-022TW Action from Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field where Spalding United under-12s played Brigg Town - Joe Maloney and Jake Reed celebrate Brigg's fourth goal. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-041218-070TW Action from Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field where Spalding United under-12s played Brigg Town - the visitors' fourth goal. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-041218-071TW Action from Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field where Spalding United under-12s played Brigg Town - Tulips celebrate taking the lead early on. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-041218-032TW Action from Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field where Spalding United under-12s played Brigg Town as Joe Maloney makes it 4-1 to Brigg. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-041218-072TW Sir Halley Stewart Field - under-21 action Spalding United v Brigg TownLonger range second half. Goal (5802768) Action from Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field where Spalding United under-12s played Brigg Town - Daniel Mason goes close for Spalding. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-041218-035TW Action from Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field where Spalding United under-12s played Brigg Town - Scott Floyd (left) watches Jack Fixter's sending off. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-041218-077TW Action from Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field where Spalding United under-12s played Brigg Town - Scott Floyd (left) reacts as Jack Fixter is sent off. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-041218-078TW Action from Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field where Spalding United under-12s played Brigg Town - Sam East's deflected free kick puts Brigg 2-1 up. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-041218-062TW Action from Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field where Spalding United under-12s played Brigg Town - Jake Reed nearly makes it 6-2 to Brigg. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-041218-081TW Action from Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field where Spalding United under-12s played Brigg Town in the Lincs FA under-21 Development League. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-041218-083TW Action from Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field where Spalding United under-12s played Brigg Town in the Lincs FA under-21 Development League. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-041218-085TW Action from Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field where Spalding United under-12s played Brigg Town in the Lincs FA under-21 Development League. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-041218-086TW Action from Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field where Spalding United under-12s played Brigg Town - Jordan Heeley heads in a second goal for Spalding. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-041218-049TW Action from Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field where Spalding United under-12s played Brigg Town - Jordan Heeley heads in a second goal for Spalding. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-041218-050TW Action from Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field where Spalding United under-12s played Brigg Town - Jordan Heeley heads in a second goal for Spalding. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-041218-051TW Action from Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field where Spalding United under-12s played Brigg Town - after Joe Maloney's header to make it 3-1. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-041218-065TW Action from Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field where Spalding United under-12s played Brigg Town - Ross Bland puts the Tulips in front. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-041218-029TW Action from Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field where Spalding United under-12s played Brigg Town - Jake Reed makes it 5-1 to Brigg. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-041218-069TW

He said: “It wasn’t good enough when we were the better team for the first ten to 20 minutes.

“We missed a hatful of chances and then, for some reason, we decided to drop right back and let them come on to us.

“It was very poor to see us scuffing our chances and mistiming challenges.

“When Brigg went in 3-1 up at half-time, I’m sure they couldn’t believe their luck.

“Then, in the second half, we tried to overplay and ended up taking too many touches and misplacing passes.

“We shouldn’t have been in a position where not only were we 3-1 down at half-time, but 5-1 down before scoring near the end of the game.”

One positive highlighted by Thorogood from Tuesday’s disappointing defeat was the goal, and commitment, of 16-year-old Tulips midfielder Ross Bland.

“We have some talented players at the football club so overcomplicated and substandard performances won’t be accepted or tolerated,” Thorogood said.

“The slightly worrying bit for me was that the youngest player on the pitch, Ross Bland, was the best player on the pitch.

“We need to play simple football and not try to walk the ball into the back of the net.

“The league is about developing players and giving youngsters the chance to have a run-out.

“But you also need to have a winning mentality which is why, after the match, I gave the players a few home truths that, as a Step 4 non-league football club, it’s up to them to go out and perform.”



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