SPALDING UNITED 2 (Good 27, Smith 70) DAVENTRY UNITED 2 (Cope 52, Lorraine 86): A DISPUTED Tom Lorraine strike four minutes from time denied the Tulips a third successive UCL Premier Division success on Saturday.
Goals in each half from Ben Good and Greg Smith looked to have done the trick for Spalding, either side of a fortuitous Liam Cope leveller.
But Lorraine, who looked to be well offside, prodded home from four yards to earn Daventry what ultimately was a deserved draw at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field.
The opening exchanges were drab at best, with neither side offering anything as an attacking force.
Spalding almost grabbed the lead on 25 minutes though, as a calamitous gaffe from Daventry keeper gave Good a chance from a tight angle.
But with the goal empty, he was unfortunate to see the ball hit the inside of the post and roll across the line to safety.
Good didn’t have to wait long to open the scoring, as two minutes later he capitalised on more poor defending to scramble home his third goal in as many games.
The strike lifted Spalding, who should have been out of sight by the interval, as both Troy Farden and Callum Earls blazed over when well placed inside the box.
It was a different story after the break, as Daventry slowly took command.
Their efforts were rewarded with a leveller on 52 minutes, with Cope seeing a hopeful looped cross into the box find the far corner via the woodwork.
The Tulips somehow got their noses back in front though. With what proved their only meaningful attempt of the half, leading scorer Smith smartly turned his man in the box before drilling his 13th goal in 15 games into the corner.
With time running out there was a sting in the tail for the hosts, as Lorraine slid home Will Briscoe’s cross to level the scores – just moments after he’d struck the post.
Tulips: Conroy, Duncliffe (Hussey 85), Lyon, Earls, Fuff, Ashton, James (Mowbray 83), Farden (Harris 88), Smith, Good, O’Loughlin. Not used: Allen.
Sponsors’ MOTM: Fuff
• Saturday: Tulips v Cogenhoe Utd (3pm).