Spalding United’s hopes of promotion through the Evo-Stik Division One South playoffs evaporated after a 3-0 defeat at West Midlands side Romulus today.
After a goal midway through the first half by Joel Grandison, the Tulips conceded twice in the last five minutes of the game as Liam Francis and Grandison again confirmed visiting manager Pat Rayment’s fears that, are far as promotion was concerned, “basically we’ve blown it”.
“We have imploded, not through lack of form, but lack of commitment, effort, urgency and desire,” Rayment said.
“We have very easy decisions to make now and the majority of players are on a list of those who will leave us.”
Spalding finish their debut season the Evo-Stik set-up in seventh, just two point outside the playoff places, as Gresley lost at Stafford Rangers but Sutton Coldfield Town won at Norton United.
In the UCL Premier division, Holbeach United claimed fourth place after coming from behind to draw 1-1 with relegated Harborough Town at Carter’s Park.
Ben Williams headed the Bees in front after a free kick by Harry May before Craig Parker equalised eight minutes later after a defensive mistake by the visitors.
Meanwhile, Tuncay Korkmaz’s final league game in charge of Deeping Rangers ended in a 1-1 draw against Oadby Town at the Haydon Witham Stadium.
Jess Goldson-Williams put Rangers in front on six minutes but the Oadby equaliser came ten minutes later from Sam Hollis and that was how it stayed.
In Division One, Bourne Town climbed into the top ten as their season ended with a 2-2 draw at Woodford United.
TODAY’S RESULTS: EVO-STIK DIVISION ONE SOUTH: Brigg Town 0 Carlton Town 0, Coalville Town 2 Rainworth Miners Welfare 1, Kidsgrove Athletic 2 Chasetown 0, Leek Town 0 Lincoln United 2, Loughborough Dynamo 4 Goole 0, Mickleover Sports 1 Sheffield 1, Norton United 1 Sutton Coldfield Town 2, Romulus 3 Spalding United 0, Stafford Rangers 1 Gresley 0, Stocksbridge Park Steels 1 Newcastle Town 3, Tividale 0 Market Drayton Town 1.
UCL PREMIER: AFC Kempston Rovers 0 Long Buckby 1, AFC Rushden & Diamonds 3 Cogenhoe United 3, Deeping Rangers 1 Oadby Town 1, Eynesbury Rovers 1 Thurnby Nirvana 3, Holbeach United 1 Harborough Town 1, Northampton Sileby Rangers 2 Wisbech Town 3.
Hinchingbrooke Cup semi-final: Peterborough Northern Star 2 Yaxley 0.
UCL DIVISION ONE: Buckingham Town 1 Thrapston Town 5, Lutterworth Athletic 7 Olney Town 1, Northampton Spencer 4 Bugbrooke St Michaels 1, Potton United 8 Stewarts & Lloyds Corby 0, Rothwell Corinthians 3 Irchester United 0, Woodford United 2 Bourne Town 2.
ChromaSport & Trophies Peterborough & District Football League - PREMIER DIVISION: Oakham United 6 Deeping Rangers Res 0, Pinchbeck United 4 Stilton United 3. DIVISION ONE: Langtoft United Res 6 Coates Athletic Res 2, Long Sutton Athletic 0 Ketton 1, Sutton Bridge United 3 AFC Stanground 4.
DIVISION TWO: Crowland Town Res 5 Netherton United ‘A’ 2, Spalding United Res 4 Parkside 6, Stamford Belvedere 1 Pinchbeck United Res 0.
DIVISION THREE: Farcet United 3 Baston Res 1, Tydd St Mary 4 Ryhall United Res 2.
DIVISION FOUR: Stanground Sports 8 Holbeach Bank 0.
TAYLORS SERVICE GARAGES BOSTON & DISTRICT LEAGUE - Taylors Garages Premier Division: Kirton Town 3 Woodhall Spa Utd 2, Skegness Town Res 0 Swineshead Institute 3.
Taylors Peugeot Division One: Friskney 2 Fosdyke 1.
Taylors Ford Division Two: Holbeach Bank v Spalding Harriers (match abandoned after 36 minutes due to injury when 2-0 to Spalding Harriers), Sibsey 5 FC Kirton 1.