Disappointing display sends Spalding United to defeat

Josh Moreman
Josh Moreman
  • Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South - Chasetown 3 Spalding United 1
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Spalding United turned in a disappointing performance on Saturday and presented Chasetown with their first home win of the Division One South season.

Already depleted through injury, with last year’s top scorer Tom Waumsley sidelined due to damaged ankle ligaments, the Tulips had an early setback when centre-forward Jake Newman limped out with a pulled hamstring after just 16 minutes and this seemed to unsettle the team.

Although bringing on a replacement forward in Charley Sanders, they showed little threat going forward.

While playing into the wind and driving rain in the first half Josh Moreman went close with a good shot travelling just wide of the far post with goalkeeper John Bateman beaten.

But Chasetown looked the sharper with some good movement and it was little surprise when the Scholars opened the scoring.

Stan Mugisha made a good run into the penalty area and was denied by a goalline clearance but saw the ball ricochet to Ryan Wynter who turned with his back to the goal and curled it into the bottom corner.

The Tulips were looking to start brighter in the second half but following a sloppy pass in midfield Chasetown broke quickly and James Dance scored with an excellent left foot finish on 49 minutes, curling the ball high into the net beyond the reach of keeper Michael Emery.

This early setback seemed to spur the Tulips into life and they started to exert pressure on the home defence.

After a number of corners and a couple of near misses Moreman reduced arrears on the hour with a trademark run and shot from the byline which went under 
the keeper at his near post.

Spalding pushed further on and Dan Banister replaced Dan Lawlor in midfield.

The opportunites came and went while appeals for handball in the penalty box were turned down.

The Scholars broke away and substitute Nick Turton ran free from the halfway line to fire past Emery in the 74th minute.

This knocked the stuffing out of the Spalding revival and Chasetown played out the remaining 15 minutes with little threat on their goal.

Director of football Bob Don-Duncan said: “It was a disappointing result and performance by us.

“We looked tired and dispirited at the end.

“With the squad reduced in numbers the manager has a difficult job in getting an improvement for the home game against second-in-the-table Shaw Lane Aquaforce on Tuesday.”

Spalding: Emery, Walker, Jackson, Spafford, Stainfield, Murphy, Griffiths, Bell, Newman (sub Sanders 16 mins), Lawlor (sub Banister 67 mins), Moreman. Sub not used: Hussey.