Tom Waumsley must be hoping February’s form can continue for the rest of this season.
If Spalding United handed out player-of-the-month awards then there would be no doubt over the winner.
A hat-trick on Saturday took Waumsley’s tally to five league goals in the month – a remarkable run considering he hadn’t managed any until then.
Last season’s top scorer only had a couple of efforts this term from the FA Cup in August until he finally found the net again in the home win over Kidsgrove Athletic.
While the work-rate and energy shown by Waumsley could never be questioned, ultimately any striker must be judged on goals.
Surely it can’t be simply all about bad luck and confidence but, whatever the reasons, it seems the barren spell is over.
You could say Waumsley enjoyed good fortune with his second goal against Goole as keeper Daniel Waring should have made a near-post save.
But the striker had enough chances for a double hat-trick and, having completed the treble, he twice came close to extending the Tulips’ lead.
Waumsley’s opener was a wonderful finish following a long ball smashed forward by skipper Nathan Stainfield in space behind Goole’s defence.
Waumsley used strength and determination to hold off the challenge of centre-back Jake Stannard. The header looped over Waring who was left stranded.
The only real threat from Goole all afternoon came five minutes later as David Taylor curled a 25-yard free-kick off the crossbar.
Apart from a couple of comfortable saves later when Spalding were already 4-0 up, Michael Duggan had little to do.
This was a routine win and Spalding didn’t really need to get out of second gear.
Stainfield fired wide and Waumsley nodded off target after a right-wing cross from 16-year-old Jonny Lockie on his full debut.
Two goals in a 90-second spell just after the break put the result beyond doubt.
Dan Banister’s 20-yard drive found the bottom corner and Waumsley struck from a similar position, although he was assisted by a mistake.
Waumsley’s hat-trick was completed with a close-range header from Dan Lawlor’s corner.
A deflection denied him again and another attempt flew over the bar.
Only the top two teams have collected more points at home than Spalding so far this season.
With three wins and a draw in 2016, this was a third clean sheet as well.
If only the Tulips could find a cure to their away form then they will remain in the hunt for a play-off place – especially if Waumsley keeps scoring.
4-4-2: Duggan 7; Walker 7, Humble 7, Stainfield 7, Jackson 7; Lockie 7 (sub Sanders 69 mins, 6), Murphy 7 (sub Lee 71 mins), Lawlor 7, Banister 7; Waumsley 8, Eason 7 (sub Tricks 64 mins, 6). Sub not used: Hussey.
4-3-3: Waring; Greasley, Colbear, Stannard, Taylor; Robson, Foster (sub Law 64 mins), Booth; Moxon, Joynes, Guest. Subs not used: Kay, Morris.
Waumsley (19 mins, 1-0); Banister (49 mins, 2-0); Waumsley (50 mins, 3-0); Waumsley (65 mins, 4-0).
Tom Waumsley – who else?!
Carlton Town (A) – Saturday.