LUTTERWORTH ATHLETIC 0 SPALDING UNITED 2 (Tolley 44 & 84): SHANE Tolley made it nine goals in three games as the Tulips cruised through their first FA Vase tie of the season.
The hitman netted in each half to take himself into double figures for the season, booking the Tulips a home clash with Retford United on October 13 in the next round.
At the other end, a Lee Drury save described as “incredible” by Spalding supremo Pat Rayment, ensured a first clean sheet of the season for the UCL Premier Division title favourites.
Rayment reckons his side could have racked up another huge score, but was more than happy to settle for a 2-0 away success.
He said: “We continue to improve with every game. On a pitch that was very, bad, I’d happily take any kind of win. If we’d taken our chances it could have been much better, but that’s being overly critical.
“Shane could have had a few more goals and I must say Lee Drury has pulled off one of the best saves I’ve seen in years. It was incredible and helped get the clean sheet.”
Spalding had to wait until the 44th minute to break the deadlock. Franny Green did well to win and maintain possession down the left side before releasing the ball for the ever-eager Tolley to convert from close range.
Drury was at his supreme best in the 68th minute, flinging himself into orbit to steer a stinging shot from Billy Hayes round a post, before Tolley buried a late second.
Meanwhile, Spalding are hopeful of wrapping up a deal for Frickley Athletic defender Tom Johnston after missing out on Kern Miller. Another player they’ll not be signing is Stefan Oakes, who is off to join a team in America.
Right back Liam Bull looks set for a move to Cambridge City too, but he’ll be on dual registration forms.
Tulips: Drury, Doherty, Earls, Chamberlain (Fuff 64), Hall, James, Kennedy, Green (Joyce 87), Tolley, Cotton. Not used: Stevens, Hussey.
• Saturday: Harborough v Spalding United (3pm).