Spalding United earned an impressive 2-0 pre-season win over Kettering Town on Saturday, while Holbeach United thrashed Greyhounders 6-0 and Deeping Rangers picked up a top 2-0 success at Ely City.
Starting with the Tulips, second-half goals from Lee Beeson and Sam Mullarkey secured an eye-catching victory in their final friendly fixture of the summer.
Spalding keeper Michael Duggan was forced to pull off smart stops from Ryan Cherry and Jake Newman early on at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field, but the hosts soon came back into it.
Beeson saw a header kicked off the line, while a deflected Dan Cotton free kick almost found its way into the net.
The second period followed a similar pattern, with the Poppies doing much of the running and Duggan again on-hand to turn a swerving Newman effort past the post.
Then came a big 120 seconds in the match, with Kettering awarded a penalty on 66 minutes after Louis Hamilton was bundled over by Adam Jackson. Newman stepped up, but again found Duggan in his way and the keeper turned the ball away.
Spalding soon raced up the other end and went ahead, with Beeson nodding home a teasing cross from Matty O’Neill at the back post (68).
Winger O’Neill then produced an even better cross for Mullarkey to slot home in the final minute, as the Tulips sealed a fine victory over a side that play a level higher than them in the Non League ladder.
Elsewhere, goals from Craig Parker (19) and Spencer Tinkler (pen 66) fired Deeping to glory at Ely and Holbeach smashed six past minnows Greyhounders at Carter’s Park.
More on the pre-season football in Tuesday’s Lincolnshire Free Press.