MATCH VERDICT: Work-rate rewarded as Spalding Town take home trophy

Rebecca Baxter presents the trophy to Spalding Town captain Ash West
Rebecca Baxter presents the trophy to Spalding Town captain Ash West
  • Spalding Inter-Services Trophy final - Long Sutton Athletic 1 Spalding Town 3 (at Carter’s Park)
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Spalding Town boss Danny Kingman was full of praise for the efforts which secured silverware at Carter’s Park on Saturday night.

They collected the Spalding Inter-Services Trophy after victory over favourites Long Sutton Athletic.

Town are pushing for the Division Two play-offs while the Magpies are close to booking a return to the Peterborough and District League’s top flight.

However, there was a big gap on the pitch as goals from Robbie Cundy, Kevin Childs and Aaron Eyett established a 3-0 lead until the final kick nine minutes into stoppage time as Matthew Oliver converted a penalty.

Kingman said: “It was all about the work-rate and desire as a team.

“We’ve got a lot of individual quality but it was important to come together.

Man of the match Brendan Taylor

Man of the match Brendan Taylor

“The result proves that we are playing below the level where we should be. However, we’ll need that performance week in, week out.

“This is a new group since the start of the season so it took time to gel. Now we are really getting the benefits and this is a massive boost.”

Spalding went in front from Cundy’s low finish and Childs doubled their advantage before the break as assistant referee James Truman ruled that the ball crossed the line via the foot of a post.

Liam O’Connor struck the woodwork at the other end while Brendan Taylor pulled off a series of saves.

We’ve got a lot of individual quality but it was important to come together.

Danny Kingman

Cundy hit both posts inside a few seconds but substitute Eyett made it 3-0 by beating Carl Taylor at the near post.

Spalding pair Ash Wilson and Ricky Dickinson were both dismissed for serious foul play – although Kingman was not 
convinced by those decisions.

But the nine men held on and the celebrations started as Oliver’s spot-kick into the top corner was immediately 
followed by the final whistle.

LONG SUTTON ATHLETIC

Photos by Tim Wilson

Photos by Tim Wilson

4-4-2: Taylor; R Ward (sub Ramm 55 mins), Murrell, Shepherd, Bennett; O’Connor, J Ward, W Oliver, Allen; M Oliver, Grimwood (sub M Ward 65 mins). Subs not used: Murphy, Hall.

SPALDING TOWN

4-4-2: Taylor; Deykin, West (sub Chappell 15 mins), Roberts (sub Allen 66 mins), Dickinson; Coote, Rose, Childs, Cundy (sub Eyett 66 mins); Cartlidge (sub Haw 90 mins), Wilson. Sub not used: Kingman.

REFEREE

James Marsden.

GOALS

Aaron Eyett makes it 3-0

Aaron Eyett makes it 3-0

Cundy (23 mins, 0-1); Childs (43 mins, 0-2); Eyett (81 mins, 0-3); M Oliver pen (90 mins, 1-3).

SENDINGS-OFF

Wilson, Dickinson (serious foul play).

BOOKINGS

Grimwood, Coote (fouls); Deykin (kicking ball away).

ATTENDANCE

237

STAR MAN

Brendan Taylor – series of saves showed why Spalding Town’s management rate him as one of the best goalkeepers at this level.

ENTERTAINMENT

★★★★

Kev Childs (6) doubles the lead

Kev Childs (6) doubles the lead

Robbie Cundy opens the scoring

Robbie Cundy opens the scoring