Spalding swept away by second half onslaught of goals at Stamford
Spalding United manager Lewis Thorogood gave an honest assessment of what was, in the end, an expected and convincing defeat at promotion-chasing Stamford.
"It's disappointing to lose 5-1, but it was a fair results and I can't fault anybody's effort or commitment," the Tulips' boss said.
"We had a game plan and we worked very thoroughly throughout the first half.
"It wasn't easy and it was 'backs against the wall' at times, but we frustrated Stamford and then Tobias Liversedge scored an excellent goal.
"We were disappointed to concede an equaliser so quickly but Stamford were coming back at us in waves and it was one of those games where they were applying the pressure.
"Then we made a chance to make it 2-1 when Jack Smith tested their keeper with a header.
"If Tobias had been just two yards quicker off the mark to get on the end of the rebound, we'd have gone in at half-time 2-1 up."
Instead, Stamford's wave became a flood which swept the Tulips away with four goals coming without reply.
"I was pleased with the first half but we knew they were going to ramp up the tempo," Thorogood said.
"The boys were working as hard as they could, but then we became a little disjointed as gaps started to appear.
"That comes with youngsters and Stamford started to pick us off at will.
"They are a very, very good outfit and even if we'd had a full-strength, solid side, it wouldn't have been a disgrace to lose there."
Despite the scoreline, Thorogood took positives away from Stamford ahead of a two-week break before Spalding travel to 13th-placed Sheffield in the league.
"It was much better, disciplined performance from us than against Chasetown on Tuesday," Thorogood said.
"But I'm not going to make any excuses and the two-week break gives us time to take stock and look at what we need to do to move things in the right direction, on and off the field."
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