SPALDING United boss Andy Stanhope admitted he was left with mixed emotions after Tuesday’s 2-2 draw at Boston Town.
Greg Smith helped himself to a debut double in the UCL Premier Division clash – but the Tulips were forced to settle for a point at Tattershall Road.
The strapping striker, signed on dual registration forms from Corby Town, fired Spalding into a 2-0 lead with two classy first-half strikes.
But veteran Gary Bull pulled one back before the break and ex-Holbeach United ace Alex Beck fired a late leveller to leave Stanhope and his side reeling.
The Spalding boss said: “Obviously when you go 2-0 up you expect to win, but they put us under a lot of pressure. Four points from Wellingborough and Boston Town away is decent – and if we can win on Saturday it’s even better.
“We didn’t pass the ball as well as we can and Nick Conroy had to make some cracking saves.
“I thought Greg had a great debut and took his goals very, very well. He’ll be a real handful at this level and has a great attitude for a 21-year-old.”
Smith opened the scoring inside two minutes, smashing past Chris Wright at the second attempt.
Conroy turned a Craig Parker effort round the post, before Smith doubled the advantage in style.
After fine work from Jammal Shahin, he chipped the ball expertly over Wright.
But Bull hit back instantly from a corner before the break and Beck fired a cracking late leveller from distance – earning Boston a deserved point.
Midfielders Liam Hook and Jake Thompson should return for Saturday’s Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field showdown with Irchester United (3pm).
Tulips: Conroy, Duncliffe, Earls, Harris, Fuff, Hussey, French (Brader 65), Hughes, Smith, Mowbray (Ford 54). Not used: Harrold, O’Loughlin, Baker.