FOOTBALL: Tulips in cruise control as Star brushed aside

Andrew Tidswell scores the opnening goal for Spalding against Peterborough Northern Star.
Andrew Tidswell scores the opnening goal for Spalding against Peterborough Northern Star.
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Spalding 5, Peterborough Northern Star 0

United Counties League Cup

Reigning champs Spalding took a step towards retaining their crown in virtual cruise control against their Peterborough visitors on Tuesday.

The disappointments of being removed from the FA Vase seemed a distant memory as the team turned in a solid display, despite having to make changes due to illness, injuries and suspensions.

New signing Jon Fairweather looked part of the furniture at right back and Tom Roberts, on his first start of the season, did all that was asked of him as Michael Duggan’s deputy in goal.

It was good too, to see Lee Beeson back in action as a second half substitute after being sidelined through injury since the final week of October.

The Tulips will now entertain Boston Town in the next round on a date to be fixed.

Spalding got away to a blistering start with an Andrew Tidswell goal inside the opening minute – a shot from six yards that literally lifted keeper Nick Conroy off his feet and deposited him two feet over the line.

Good work between Peter Bore and Sam Mullarkey created the opening and Dan Cotton’s precision cross was on a plate.

Shortly afterwards both Tidswell and Bore had good shots well blocked.

PNS were further behind on 15 minutes when the unfortunate Luke Hunnings deflected a Peter Bore free kick into his own goal.

Two minutes later it was 3-0 with a shot of real quality from Tidswell which took his total for the season so far to 32.

PNS continued to play with enthusiasm and character but the next goal duly followed from the boot of Sam Mullarkey, who connected with another of Cotton’s super crosses on 58 minutes.

The industrious Cotton was rewarded for his efforts two minutes from time, driving the ball in from 12 yards with Jamie Thurlbourne the provider with a neat cross.

Spalding: Roberts, Fairweather, Jackson, Stevens (Lowery 65 mins), Stainfield, Bore, Cotton, Hall, Mullarkey (Beeson 70), Tidswell, Thurlbourne. Sub (not used): Duggan.

Match sponsor Vic Couzens’ man-of-the-match: Andy Tidswell.

Attendance: 117