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Spalding United hit for six at Glossop North End

Spalding United slumped to a heavy defeat for the second successive Saturday.

Tulips boss Matt Easton had no complaints after the 5-1 loss at Chasetown in the Buildbase FA Trophy eight days earlier.

And he refused to blame the players following the trip to Glossop North End who had previously won only once in the South East Division this season.

The Derbyshire side took 90 minutes to double their goals tally from the previous games - scoring three in each half past Michael Duggan on his return to action.

Porya Ahmadi claimed a hat-trick as Spalding slipped to mid-table.

Easton said: "We weren't good enough but the players are giving absolutely everything to this club under some difficult circumstances.

"I don't think it would be fair to say anything too harsh when they have shown such loyalty over the past nine months.

"They know that Saturday's performance was not good enough.

"It's unacceptable but we can't blame the players for the position they find themselves in. We need to show them some leniency.

"We were poor all round with a lack of quality.

"We were nowhere near where we need to be and we got beaten comprehensively.

"We had a new centre-half partnership of Ben Richards and Jack Withers but they were left exposed by the full-backs and midfielders.

"Charlie Hart pulled a goal back and we also missed an absolute sitter just a few minutes later which would have made it 4-2.

"Jamie Jackson came on to give us more of an attacking threat.

"However, we need to get back to doing what brought us the results earlier in the season.

"We've got a couple of Saturdays off this month but we need to get more points on the board."

Jackson, Withers and Jenk Acar are due to build up their match fitness by playing in the Lincolnshire FA Under-23 Development League match at Collingham on Thursday night.

Spalding's first team are back at the Sir Halley Stewart Field in a rearranged game against Stocksbridge Park Steels on October 19. They have another two-week break until the home derby with Stamford on November 2.

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