Spalding United defeat Grimsby Town in Lincolnshire Senior Cup quarter-final clash
Spalding United secured their place in the semi-finals of the Lincolnshire Senior Cup after a two-goal home victory over Grimsby Town on Saturday.
Lewis Brownhill and new signing Gregg Smith netted the goals early in each half as the Tulips sunk a youthful Mariners side.
The kick-off to the quarter-final clash was delayed for 45 minutes due to a medical emergency at the ground.
Zakuani's starting line-up was missing injured talisman Marcus Maddison but the returning trio of Gregg Smith, Nathan Stainfield and James Hugo all featured along with new signings Jordan Macleod and Bailey Baker.
Hugo Odogwu-Atkinson, Glenn Yaya and Ollie Price were all part of the Spalding side that finished last season's curtailed campaign while long-term number one Michael Duggan was again in goal.
The Brownhill brothers - Lewis and Joel - were also in the squad along with Stefan Broccoli, a former Newcastle United youngster who hails from Peterborough and was playing in Italy last season for fourth tier side Lornano Badesse Calcio.
And Spalding were quickly into gear as they took a sixth minute as Brownhill was first to react after his initial effort had been saved to stab home the rebound.
Jamie Bramwell flashed a shot over for the Mariners before Jordan Macleod went close for the Tulips after ending his forceful run with a shot which rattled against the upright.
Gregg Smith then went close from a Glenn Yala cross before James Hugo's teasing cente just evaded the incoming home attackers.
Joe Starbuck came close to an early second half leveller for the Mariners after some indecisive clearances from the home defence while Yala shot straight at Jacobs as Spalding went back on the offensive.
Nathan Stainfield had a header cleared off the line and, from the next cross, Smith glanced home Spalding's second goal after 53 minutes.
The game then started to open up more as the players understandably started to tire in the searing heat.
James Hugo rifled a shot over for the Tulips before Starbuck saw a well-struck effort blocked by Stainfield.
Starbuck then tested home goalkeeper Michael Duggan with a free-kick but the Tulips ciustodian showed a safe pair of hands to collect the shot.
Substitute Chris Assombalonga thought he had made it three when he turned home a Scott Floyd cross only for the assistant's flag to rule out the effort for offside.
Joel Brownhill then had another effort disallowed for offside after being sent clear by Assombalonga pass as Spalding finished on top against a young Grimsby side who gave amn excellent account of themselves.
Spalding: Duggan, Baker, Hugo, L Brownhill, Stainfield, Odoewo-Atkinson, Yala, Price, Smith, Broccoli, Macleod. Subs: Mucklin, Goff (GK), Floyd, Robinson, Webb, J Brownhill.
Grimsby: Jacobs, Markham, Zormoni, Bramwell, Sims, Moore, Milner, Starbuck, Mubugua, Hodgson, Bulman. Subs: B Dennis, D Dennis, Wilkinson.