Emirates FA Cup preliminary round - Radford 1 Spalding United 2
Manager Pat Rayment read the riot act to his misfiring Spalding United side during the half-time break and it paid dividends with a two-goal burst in six minutes to see them into the next round of the Emirates FA Cup at the expense of lower-league Radford.
Rayment’s blast was specifically aimed at his three-man strikeforce of Tom Waumsley, Jordan Nuttell and Josh Moreman who never came to grips with the physicality and packed defence of their Nottingham hosts who began the game with a 4-5-1 formation.
The outburst however, did the trick as they went on to dominate and it was last season’s top marker Waumsley who bagged the side’s two goals in the 54th and 60th minutes to cancel out Radford’s lead which came via a 42nd0-minute penalty.
The Tulips will now meet Evo-Stik Northern League Premier Division side Nantwich Town at the Sir Halley Stewart Field a week on Saturday.
Despite their failure to get their noses in front, the Tulips did generally play the better football and create scoring chances.
After just eight minutes skipper Adam Jackson pinged a great effort into the home area but the ball was deflected away for a corner. From the following kick Neal Spafford just missed the target with a well connected header.
The Tulips did get the ball into the home net on 19 minutes but a goal was disallowed for a foul on young goalkeeper Callum Dunning, then man of the match Mitch Griffiths picked out Nuttell whose effort found the woodwork.
Griffiths, always full of running and wanting the ball, then had a shy at goal but his effort was always rising over the bar.
For once Moreman did manage to find a way through the packed rearguard of their hosts. His follow-up shot was parried by Dunning but Nuttell missed an excellent opportunity to break the deadlock from close in.
Radford always looked dangerous on the break but seldom troubled Tulips keeper Michael Duggan who for long periods was a mere spectator.
However, their perseverance won a penalty, conceded by Sam Murphy, and Carey Knight made no mistake from the spot.
The Tulips almost made it 1-1 before the break with Adam Millson’s effort rattling the woodwork.
Rayment’s half-time rant certainly did the trick. Two good scoring chances were missed in as many minutes but the 54th minute saw them back on level terms.
Griffiths’ corner kick was headed back over the area by Moreman to give Waumsley a tap-in opportunity at the far post.
Waumsley was near to adding to his account a couple of minutes later with Dunning pushing his shot away for another corner.
But the striker was not to be denied and he was on the end of a Paul Walker corner on 60 minutes to give the Tulips the advantage for the first time, a lead they were determined not to relinquish despite a determined effort by a hard-working home team.
Spalding: Duggan, Griffiths, Jackson, Walker, Spafford, Murphy (sub Rawdon 82 mins), Zuerner (sub Lawlor 60 mins), Millson, Waumsley (sub Hussey 85 mins), Nuttell, Moreman. Sub not used: Barlow.