TULIPS: Spalding are Star turn

Double: Tom James (left) struck twice before the break on Easter Monday. Photo: SG070412-141TW
Double: Tom James (left) struck twice before the break on Easter Monday. Photo: SG070412-141TW
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SPALDING UNITED 4 (James pen 31 & 38, Good 51 & 67) PETERBOROUGH NS 1 (Stead 16): RESURGENT Spalding signed off another Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field season with their best result yet under Pat Rayment.

Doubles from Tom James and Ben Good helped the Tulips come from behind to take the scalp of their high-flying city rivals on Easter Monday, in what was their final home UCL Premier Division tie of the campaign.

Full of energy and commitment, Spalding offered a glimpse of what they are capable off as they ended a near two-month winless streak.

Although Northern Star weren’t at full strength, neither were Spalding – something Rayment was keen to emphasise.

“I think a few light bulbs have finally switched on in a few heads,” said former professional Rayment. “We played well against St Ives and lost on Saturday, but we carried that form into this game and reaped the rewards.

“We were the better team and got what we deserved. There was belief both individually and collectively, which is what I’ve asked for since day one.

“Yes, they were missing a couple of key men, but so were we. I’m not having any excuses, the best team won on the day.”

Having tonked Spalding 6-0 on Boxing Day, Star looked set for a derby double when Jon Stead fired them in front on the quarter hour.

But the Tulips stuck to their guns and deservedly levelled when James buried a penalty 15 minutes later.

It got even better for James and his side before the break, with the wideman smashing home a second.

Two second-half strikes from man-of-the-match Good made it six goals in eight matches for the striker this season – and secured a first win in seven games.

It’s unlikely to be the last Spalding game at the Sir Halley – but was the perfect end to an otherwise disappointing campaign.

Spalding: Conroy, Ford, Hussey (Lyon), Porter, Fuff, Ashton, French, Bolland, Good, James, Wright (Allen).