TULIPS: Mixed emotions after derby draw

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Grantham Town 0 Spalding United 0: RICHARD Scott can’t quite decide if he’s satisfied with this derby point or not.

Both teams had players sent off as the Lincolnshire rivals battled out a gritty stalemate at the Meres Stadium on Monday – and before the game the Tulips would have snapped your hand off if you offered them a point.

But player/boss Scott, who can’t ever remember getting a result at the home of the Gingerbreads, reckons his side should have had the game sewn up by half time.

He said: “I’m happy with a point, but we really should have been out of sight by half time.

“I was chatting to Andy Penny (assistant boss) after the game and neither of us can remember getting a result here as a player or manager, so you have to say it’s a fine result.

“But, like at any level of football, you have to take your chances when you’re on top if you want to win games – and we didn’t do that.

“You never know, this could turn out to be a big point, especially if we can beat Goole on Saturday.”

Still, Spalding’s precious point moved them out of the Evo-Stik League First Division South drop zone and up to the lofty heights of 20th in the table.

The Tulips, who turned in their best performance for some time, were near to going ahead as early as the eight minute when captain of the day Garath Pritchard’s cheeky lob from 35 yards clipped the woodwork.

Young striker Daniel Westwood could so easily have bagged a hat-trick too, as he contrived to miss two more opportunities in the next ten minutes as the Tulips applied continued pressure.

At the other end, Jamie Brassington made a spree of super saves – the best of which being a spectacular stop from Matt Glass.

His performance was enough to earn him the man of the match award.

Andrew Tidswell twice went close in a tighter second period, that saw Grantham’s Gary Sucharewycz dismissed on the hour and Spalding’s Jon Jones sent off towards the end.

Tulips: Brassington, Evans, Earl, Tidswell, Pawson, Gray, Fuller (de Oliveira 70), Jones, Pritchard, Westwood (Webb 55), White. Not used: Maydew, Flintoft.