FOOTBALL: Tulips sink Star, Heron treble in Rangers romp

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Spalding United booked their place in the last four of the UCL Knockout Cup with a 4-0 win over Peterborough Northern Star on Tuesday night, while Deeping Rangers smashed Irchester United 7-1 in the UCL Premier Division.

Starting at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field, goals from Lee Beeson, Dan Cotton, Lee Canoville and the returning TJ Nightingale eased the Tulips past ten-man Star.

Beeson opened the scoring with his first goal for the club on ten minutes, finishing nicely at the back post.

It was 2-0 soon after when the in-form Cotton buried his 20th of the campaign from a Beeson cross.

Ex-Tulip Liam Hook was then sent off for two bookable offences for dissent within a matter of seconds early in the second period, as Spalding continued to boss matters.

They eventually got the goals they deserved, despite a top display from Nick Conroy in the Star goal.

Canoville smashed the goal of the game into the top corner on 72 minutes, before Nightingale – re-signed from Grantham Town earlier in the day – calmly added the fourth with a delicate near-post finish four minutes from time.

Spalding will now visit the winner of tomorrow night’s quarter final between Holbeach United and Yaxley in the last four, with St Ives hosting Oadby Town in the other semi.

Meanwhile, Matt Heron starred with a hat-trick as Deeping demolished basement boys Irchester at Alfred Street.

The big striker netted on 11, 23 and 58 minutes, with Simon Ashton (3), David Burton-Jones (14), Alex Beck (17) and Tom James (59) the other scorers.

In the big match in Peterborough and District League Division One, Long Sutton Athletic lost their top-of-the-table clash at King’s Lynn Town Reserves 4-1.

That leaves second-placed Sutton nine points behind the Linnets with two games in hand.

More football in Thursday’s Spalding Guardian.