SATURDAY FOOTBALL AND RUGBY ROUND-UP
Spalding have been dealt an almost terminal blow to their hopes of reaching the Evo-Stik Division One South playoffs after a 5-0 humbling at Shaw Lane Aquaforce today.
James Walshaw gave the Barnsley-based side a first half lead, but the Tulips then conceded four goals in 27 second-half minutes to leave them 12 points off the playoffs places with just four games left.
In UCL Premier League action, Holbeach United drew 1-1 at Sileby Rangers with Sean Coughlan scoring for the Tigers.
Deeping Rangers followed up their home win against Oadby Town last weekend with a 2-2 draw at Yaxley in which Rangers defender Spencer Tinkler was sent off.
Rangers were 2-0 up before half-time through goals by former Peterborough United and Boston United striker Ryan Semple and Scott Coupland, but two goals in the last 16 minutes at In2itive Park left Michael Goode’s side with only a point.
But UCL Division One saw a more comfortable afternoon for Bourne Town who beat Bugbrooke St Michaels 3-0.
All three goals came in the second half, with two from Sam Wilson and the other from subsiitute Max Cooper.
Meanwhile in rugby union, Spalding are out of the Midlands Two East (North) relegation zone again with a brilliant 26-19 win over Ashbourne at Memorial Field.
Town’s win against the league’s fourth-place side, who they lost to 25-7 just five weeks ago, and Mansfield’s 48-21 loss at Market Bosworth gives Bruno Figuireido’s XV real hope of staving off relegation with just two games left of the season.
In Midlands Four East (South), Deepings lost 48-14 at second place Northampton Men’s Own while Bourne showed the form that took them to the quarter finals of the Midlands Junior Vase with a 32-12 stunner at Sileby Town.
It was sweet revenge for Bourne’s narrow 24-20 defeat to Sileby at Milking Nook Drove last December.
TODAY’S RESULTS: EVO-STIK DIVISION ONE SOUTH: Belper Town 1 Kidsgrove Athletic 1, Carlton Town 3 Market Drayton Town 2, Chasetown 2 Tividale 1, Daventry Town 1 Stocksbridge Park Steels 3, Leek Town 1 Rugby Town 0, Loughborough Dynamo 2 Lincoln United 1, Newcastle Town 1 Basford United 1,
Romulus 5 Goole AFC 0, Shaw Lane Aquaforce 5 Spalding United 0, Sheffield 1 Coalville Town 3, Stafford Ranger 3 Gresley 1.
UCL PREMIER LEAGUE: Boston Town 0 AFC Kempston Rovers 2, Cogenhoe United 3 Huntingdon Town 0, Eynesbury Rovers 2 Rothwell Corinthians 1, Harrowby United 3 Northampton Spencer 0, Kirby Muxloe 0 Newport Pagnell Town 2, Sileby Rangers 1 Holbeach United 1, Sleaford Town 1 Desborough Town 0,
Wellingborough Town 2 Leicester Nirvana 3, Wisbech Town 1 Harborough Town 1, Yaxley 2 Deeping Rangers 2.
UCL DIVISION ONE: Bourne Town 3 Bugbrooke St Michaels 0, Buckingham Tow 2 Long Buckby AFC 4, Peterborough Sports 1 Stewarts & Lloyds Corby 0, Raunds Town 1 Lutterworth Athletic 1, Thrapston Town 0 Northampton ON Chenecks 2, Wellingborough Whitworth 4 Blackstones 3, Woodford United 1 Potton United 4.
RUGBY UNION: MIDLANDS TWO EAST (NORTH): Market Bosworth 48 Mansfield 21, Melbourne 18 Dronfield 29, Nottingham Casuals 34 Coalville 24,
Southwell 76 Bakewell Mannerians 5, Spalding 26 Ashbourne 19, Stamford 27 West Bridgford 27.
MIDLANDS FOUR EAST (SOUTH): Northampton Men’s Own 48 Deepings 14, Queens 48 Brackley 19, Sileby Town 12 Bourne 32, Stamford College Old Boys 7
Birstall 41, Thorney 20 Bedford Swifts 8.