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Jordan Macleod scores twice as Spalding United defeat Shepshed Dynamo in the Northern Premier League Midlands Division

Manager Gabriel Zakuani was full of praise for his Spalding players as they returned to winning ways at Shepshed Dynamo on Saturday.

The Tulips ran out 3-1 winners in the Northern Premier League Midlands Division match to end a run of three games without a victory.

Jordan Macleod struck twice for Spalding with Glenn Yala also on target as the Tulips overcame a first half setback when James Hugo was taken off with a head injury.

Jordan Macleod (51837287)
Jordan Macleod (51837287)

Zakuani said: "It was a massive win which was really needed.

"Every player put in a great shift to execute our game-plan. The win was well deserved for the fans who had travelled to support us."

The Tulips had gone into the clash without the services of midfielder Shane Clarke and striker Chris Assombalonga.

Goalkeeper James Goff made his second start of the season with regular number one Michael Duggan named among the three substitutes.

Ryan Flitton fired an early opening over for the Tulips who then took the lead after 20 minutes when Stefan Broccoli's pass found Macleod who tapped home.

Hugo was forced off minutes later after a collision with Jadahn Harper which saw a lengthy break in proceedings while the Spalding player received treatment.

Reece Morris had a shot blocked for the hosts on the resumption of play while Broccoli and Gregg Smith both had efforts saved by Shepshed goalkeeper Brandon Ganley as the Tulips finished the first half on top.

Shepshed responded at the start of the second period with both Karl Demidh and Liam Canavan going close to equalising.

The hosts then had their best chance of the game when Morris was felled in the box by Yala but Demidh hit the resultant spot kick against the post.

Spalding then made their hosts pay by doubling their lead after 53 minutes when Yala headed home from a corner after Macleod's initial effort had been saved by Ganley.

The home goalkeeper then denied Macleod again before Dynamo halved the deficit when Tamar Clayton curled home a shot.

Shepshed pushed for an equaliser in the final 17 minutes of the match and Goff saved well from John King while Morris fired another effort wide before Spalding hit their hosts on the break late on to seal the win.

Goalkeeper Goff's long clearance over the top set Macleod free and he raced clear to score the decisive third goal which clinched the points that move Spalding into ninth place in the table.

Tulips: Goff, Yala, Hugo (Mezine 29), Bucciero, Stainfield, Ward, Baker (Mucklin 82), Broccoli, Smith, Macleod, Flitton. Sub not used: Duggan (GK).

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