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Spalding United net superb victory at Coleshill in the Northern Premier League Midlands Division



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Spalding United finished a tough week on a high as they ended their four-match winless run by beating play-off hopefuls Coleshill on Saturday.

Jordan Macleod struck the match-winning double for the Tulips to ensure a winning start for caretaker manager Bruno Porfirio.

Porfirio had taken over the helm following the resignation of manager Gabriel Zakuani on Thursday night.

Bruno Porfirio. (53236277)
Bruno Porfirio. (53236277)

He was without the services of club captain Gregg Smith - who has joined Grantham Town on loan - and Glenn Yala who has left the Tulips following Zakuani's departure.

They were boosted by two on-loan signings from Hull City with goalkeeper Harry Fisk replacing the injured Michael Duggan while striker Josh Hinds will bolster the attacking ranks for the next month.

Fisk - who signed his first professional contract with the Tigers in May after a productive two-year scholarship - was the busier of the two keepers in the opening period.

He was well positioned to hold an early header from Josh Mansell before producing a fine save to keep out an acrobatic effort from Sam Moore.

Fisk then saved at the foot of his post from a Taylor Carter-Byrne header before pulling off another top drawer stop to keep out a fierce strike from Mansell.

The Spalding defence of Ollie Price, James Hugo - who was forced off with injury in the opening period and replaced by Chris Ward - Nathan Stainfield and Sam Cartwright all put their bodies on the line with some crucial blocks and timely tackles to keep Coleshill at bay.

Jordan Macleod scored twice. (53236275)
Jordan Macleod scored twice. (53236275)

Spalding then broke away on the stroke of half-time to take a 44th minute lead as Stefan Broccoli's pinpoint pass released Macleod who beat advancing home goalkeeper Paul Hathaway.

Macleod had the ball in the net again after the break but saw his effort ruled out for offside before Coleshill regained the momentum to pile on the pressure.

Spalding continued to stand firm until the 73rd minute when Mansell's cross was converted by Liam Molesworth from close range.

The hosts now had the initiative but were able to build on it and Spalding stung the Colemen with a winning goal after 83 minutes.

Hinds was this time the provider as he crossed into the box and Macleod got in ahead of Hathaway to turn in the winning goal.

The Tulips then safely negotiated the final stages to earn a superb away win which victory leaves Spalding in eighth place in the Northern Premier League Midlands Division table, nine points away from the play-off spots ahead of Saturday's home clash with Bedworth.

Tulips: Fisk, Price, Hugo (Ward), Bucciero, Stainfield, Cartwright, Bucci, Broccoli (Olivant), Hinds, Macleod, Starkie (Flitton). Subs not used Floyd, Opayinka.



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