MATCH VERDICT AND VIDEO: Bore draw for Spalding United

Josh Moreman
Josh Moreman
  • Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South - Spalding United 0 Sheffield 0
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The ‘beautiful game’ turned ugly with more yellow cards than goal-scoring chances.

This stalemate was lucky to get one star for entertainment and Spalding United should certainly consider it as two points dropped rather than one gained.

Thankfully there must have been more action when the world’s first football club was formed in Sheffield in October 1857, otherwise they surely would have given up!

It was a classic example of two teams cancelling each other out on Saturday.

If you are desperately looking for positives then, yes, the Tulips kept a clean sheet for the second successive home game.

How fitting that was on goalkeeper Michael Duggan’s 150th appearance for the club.

Before kick-off he was given a special award to mark the milestone as recognition for ‘the loyalty, outstanding ability and total professionalism’.

However, anyone else in the Sir Halley Stewart Field could have played in goal as there was very little to do.

Duggan tipped over a left-wing cross in the first half but he waited 89 minutes for the only shot on target which brought a routine catch.

With plenty of attacking options in the squad, you would have expected so much more from Spalding.

Off target for Spalding United at home to Sheffield on Saturday. Photos by Tim Wilson

Off target for Spalding United at home to Sheffield on Saturday. Photos by Tim Wilson

Charley Sanders had the first half-chance but a low drive was easily gathered by Tom Dunn at the near post.

Josh Moreman was denied before the break and early in the second half Dan Lawlor’s corner was nodded over the bar by Neal Spafford.

The Tulips came close to breaking the deadlock when Dunn’s weak punch fell to left-back Adam Jackson whose 35-yard lob was then hooked off the line.

Duggan’s first-half error almost proved costly but a right-wing cross was headed too high by Benny Igiehon.

Charley Sanders is denied by Tom Dunn

Charley Sanders is denied by Tom Dunn

Moreman cleared inside the six-yard box when Glyn Cotton’s corner was met by Conor Glavin.

But clear-cut chances were not being created with defences very much on top.

The lack of goalmouth action meant that the focus switched at times to referee Christopher Hunter and his yellow card.

Three bookings followed a silly fracas which started as Spafford guided the ball out of play under pressure from Ash Worsfold.

Spafford and Moreman were both given final warnings later for what might have been considered as second bookable offences, although a sending-off would have been very harsh.

Moreman’s caution was bizarre as dragging the ball under his boot for a short corner was adjudged to be unsporting behaviour.

Dan Banister

Dan Banister

Overall, though, Sheffield would be much happier with a hard-earned point.


4-2-3-1: Duggan 6; Walker 6 (sub Humble 89 mins), Spafford 7, Stainfield 7, Jackson 6; Murphy 6, Lawlor 6; Davies 5 (sub Thomas 66 mins, 5), Banister 6, Moreman 6; Sanders 5 (sub Graham 70 mins, 5). Subs not used: Lee, Waumsley.


4-4-2: Dunn; Cotton, Ludlam, Cooksey, Turner; Thompson, Foster, Glavin, Gregory (sub McKenzie 78 mins); Worsfold, Igiehon. Subs not used: Stevens, Martyn, Roney.


Christopher Hunter.


Spafford, Foster, Worsfold, Moreman (unsporting behaviour); Banister, Igiehon (fouls).




Neal Spafford – simple choice as it had to be one of the centre-halves.


Loughborough Dynamo (A) – Saturday.