MATCH VERDICT: Goals are guaranteed for Spalding United striker

Jake Newman
Jake Newman
  • Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South - Spalding United 5 Carlton Town 3
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What a way to mark your full home debut.

Goals were guaranteed when Jake Newman made the move to Spalding United at the end of September.

Having struck 18 times in just 11 games for his hometown club Wellingborough Town, he was always likely to carry on that form at a higher level.

Last season he got 34 goals for the Doughboys and now Newman has already got into double figures for the Tulips.

Eight appearances have included a couple as a second-half substitute plus one start when he went off injured.

Newman was cup-tied for another spell on the sidelines but he is certainly maintaining a huge reputation as a natural goalscorer.

The striker got himself in the right place at the right time on Saturday for two close-range finishes.

His left-foot drive which put Spalding back on level terms was a fantastic strike.

With seven minutes to go, the Tulips had thrown away a two-goal advantage and were heading for a home defeat.

But Newman struck again and Mitch Griffiths’ penalty with the last kick of the game wrapped up another victory.

That means boss Marcus Ebdon has three league wins for a 100 per cent record since taking charge with 13 goals scored.

However, he won’t be too happy with the errors which gifted goals to Carlton Town and almost proved costly.

Spalding were cruising at 2-0 up when Newman nodded home after two-and-a-half minutes and skipper Nathan Stainfield headed in with 20 minutes gone.

Stainfield’s slip allowed Romello Nangle to set up his strike partner Romaine Graham as Michael Duggan conceded for the first time in 305 minutes of action.

Only four minutes later Duggan was given no chance from Danny Gordon’s 25-yard free-kick.

Newman missed a chance at the start of the second half but Carlton went ahead with 13 minutes to go.

Duggan carelessly gave the ball away outside his penalty box and Nangle’s block led to Graham tapping into the net.

Charley Sanders’ flick set up Newman for the equaliser and Tom Waumsley’s far-post touch was probably going in anyway until Newman made sure on the line for his hat-trick.

In stoppage-time Dan Banister was tripped – a foul which sparked a mini brawl and two yellow cards – and Griffiths put the penalty past Jack Steggles.

What a game – and what a signing to bring in Newman.

SPALDING UNITED

4-4-2: Duggan 5; Walker 6 (sub Sanders 41 mins, 5; sub Waumsley 83 mins), Spafford 6, Stainfield 5, Jackson 6; Banister 7, Murphy 6, Lawlor 7, Griffiths 6; Moreman 6 (sub Humble 66 mins, 6), Newman 9.

CARLTON TOWN

5-3-2: Steggles; Walker, Marshall, Sturgess, Hodgett-Young, Gordon; Rae, Wholey, Howell; Nangle (sub Davie 86 mins), Graham. Subs not used: Newton, Law.

REFEREE

Akil Howson.

GOALS

Newman (2 mins, 1-0); Stainfield (20 mins, 2-0); Graham (32 mins, 2-1); Gordon (36 mins, 2-2); Graham (77 mins, 2-3); Newman (83 mins, 3-3); Newman (87 mins, 4-3); Griffiths pen (90 mins, 5-3).

BOOKINGS

Wholey, Moreman (fouls); Sturgess, Murphy (unsporting behaviour).

ATTENDANCE

130

STAR MAN

Jake Newman – who else? Two close-range finishes and a superb strike took him into double figures for the Tulips in only his eighth appearance.

WHO’S NEXT

Coalville Town (H) – Tuesday.