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Spalding United earn point at home to Kidsgrove Athletic in BetVictor NPL South East Division




Honours were even in a hard-fought tussle at the Sir Halley Stewart Field.

Joel Brownhill's tap-in earned a point for Spalding United in a fair result after Kidsgrove Athletic had overturned Kegan Everington's first-half special.

The Tulips briefly looked to be heading for defeat as a quickfire double midway through the second period put the Staffordshire side in control.

Spalding United v Kidsgrove Athletic
Spalding United v Kidsgrove Athletic

But the response was rightly praised by caretaker boss Lewis Thorogood when it would have been easy for Spalding's squad to feel sorry for themselves at 2-1 down.

Apart from a couple of long-range efforts from Brownhill, they had been under pressure until Everington broke the deadlock in style.

A long ball towards Brownhill was diverted into the path of Everington around the edge of the box and the midfielder's right-foot drive found the top corner of the net.

Kegan Everington
Kegan Everington

Moments later, Spalding thought the advantage had been doubled - only for Scott Floyd's goal to be ruled out by an offside flag from the assistant referee.

Michael Duggan pushed out Kidsgrove captain Anthony Malbon's early opportunity and kicked away another chance for Joshua Lundstram.

The Tulips' number one kept out Sam Hall's header at the start of the second half and Malbon wasted a golden moment by firing high over from eight yards.

Spalding United v Kidsgrove Athletic
Spalding United v Kidsgrove Athletic

However, a couple of errors by Ben Richards gifted goals to Kidsgrove.

The centre-half's slip was punished when substitute Kingsley Adu-Gyamfi smashed a volley beyond the reach of Duggan into the roof of the net.

Kingsley Adu-Gyamfi celebrates his equaliser
Kingsley Adu-Gyamfi celebrates his equaliser

Six minutes later, Richards conceded a penalty with a trip on Ruben Wiggins-Thomas who converted from the spot - although the problems had started with a horrible mix-up between Owen Betts and Ben Greenwood.

1-2
1-2

Instead of falling apart, Spalding hit back when James Hugo delivered a terrific cross from the left flank for Brownhill to convert at the far post.

Duggan produced another point-blank save to preserve the point which the Tulips certainly deserved overall.

SPALDING UNITED

4-2-3-1: Duggan; Betts, Greenwood, Richards, Hugo; Spencer, Brookes (sub Ramsden 78 mins); Burrell, Everington, Floyd; J Brownhill. Subs not used: Mason, Smith.

KIDSGROVE ATHLETIC

4-3-1-2: Harrison; Hart (sub Adu-Gyamfi 56 mins), Butler, Duffy, Morris; Thompson, Hall, Blake; Lundstram; Wiggins-Thomas, Malbon. Subs not used: O'Neill, Jennings, Kurasik.

REFEREE

Jack Forder.

GOALS

Everington (38 mins, 1-0); Adu-Gyamfi (66 mins, 1-1); Wiggins-Thomas pen (72 mins, 1-2); J Brownhill (76 mins, 2-2).

BOOKINGS

Duffy, Everington (fouls).

ATTENDANCE

115

Owen Betts
Owen Betts

STAR MAN

Owen Betts - impressed at right-back after extending loan deal from Notts County until January 11.

WHO'S NEXT

Sutton Coldfield Town (H) - Saturday.


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