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New signing Ben Seymour-Shove scores for Spalding United in their 1-1 draw at Histon

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Spalding shared the spoils in the first match of new manager Brett Whaley's reign on New Year's Day.

The Tulips returned from their trip to Histon in the Northern Premier League Midlands Division with a point following a 1-1 draw.

New signing Ben Seymour-Shove - who has joined the Tulips from league rivals Soham Town - netted the equaliser for Spalding with 16 minutes of the match remaining.

Ben Seymour-Shove in action for Soham. Picture: Mark Hopkin (54034562)
Ben Seymour-Shove in action for Soham. Picture: Mark Hopkin (54034562)

Second-from-bottom Histon had earlier taken a 56th minute lead through Ollie Brookes against a Spalding side who handed a debut to fellow new recruit Jack Lynch.

Lynch has spent time this season with league rivals Coleshill and has played in the youth ranks at both Aston Villa and Walsall.

Boss Whaley said: "It was a little bit frustrating overall.

"We tried a few different things which happens when a new manager comes in, but I was kind of basing that on looking at some old footage and the players which we had available.

"The reality was that Histon started a little bit quicker than we did which was a bit of a disappointment.

"The first half was a fairly even, scrappy affair and the formation that we lined up with didn't really work.

"We made changes at half-time which brought more intensity and got us higher up the pitch and I thought we started the second half quite brightly until we conceded a poor goal.

"From what I've been told, the first half performances have sometimes let us down and have left us with uphill battles and also giving away poor goals.

"They are two things that we need to address quite quickly. We need to start quicker in games and we can't continue to give goals away.

"The momentum of the game had swung in our favour but we conceded a goal and gave Histon an opportunity to get a foothold back in it and something to defend.

"As much as I was pleased that we showed character to get the goal back, there wasn't enough control in the game for me to come away thinking we fully deserved to win it."

Spalding had gone closest to breaking the deadlock in the opening period with a Jordan Macleod header that hit the inside of the post before being scrambled clear.

Stefan Broccoli had a shot blocked after a jinking run while Nathan Stainfield also saw a header saved.

Histon had their best opening in the latter stages of the first half with Ed Rolph seeing a header from a Pat Bexfield corner cleared off the line.

Macleod and Stainfield botn went close early in the second period before Histon took the lead after 56 minutes.

Bexfield's free-kick into the Spalding penalty area was only cleared as far as Brookes who looped his header into the far corner of the net.

Spalding responded well to going behind and equalised with 16 minutes remaining as new signing Seymour-Shove cut in from the right and drove home a low finish to bring the scores level.

The Tulips then applied late pressure with Seymour-Shove nearly capping an impressive debut with a winner only to be denied by Sam Roach in the home goal.

Whaley added: "Ultimately we have better players than Saturday's performance showed.

"Even if we had nicked a 1-0 win then I still think we would have been disappointed with the amount of quality and control we had in the match.

"Ben did well on his debut though and was pleased to get a goal, but there is still work to do to get to know the rest of the players and for them to know him as well.

"I was pleased with Ben and Jack Lynch as well. Jack looked nervous in the first half but he grew into the game and, as we changed formation, it suited him and I think we came away from the game with a potential promising signing."

Spalding: Duggan, Baker (Bucci), Cartwright, Price, Stainfield, Koroma, Starkie, Broccoli, Seymour-Shove, Macleod, Lynch. Subs not used: Stainsby, Flitton, Olivant, Opayinka.

Attendance: 309.

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