Disappointing Spalding lose to Chasetown
3-1 loss damages Spalding's promotion hopes
Chasetown 3, Spalding Utd 1
Spalding turned in a disappointing performance on Saturday and presented Chasetown with their first home win of the season in Evo-Stik NPL Division One South.
Already depleted through injury, with last year’s leading scorer Tom Waumsley sidelined with damaged ankle ligaments, the Tulips suffered an early set-back when centre forward Jake Newman limped out of the game with a pulled hamstring after just 16 minutes and this seemed to unsettle the team. Although bringing on a replacement forward in Charley Sanders the Tulips showed little threat going forward.
While playing into the wind and driving rain in the first half Josh Moreman went near with a good shot travelling just wide of the far post with goalkeeper John Bateman beaten. But it was Chasetown looking the sharper with some good movement and it was little surprise when The Scholars opened the scoring. Stan Mugisha made a good run into the penalty area and was denied by a goalline clearance, but saw the ball ricochet to Ryan Wynter who turned with his back to the goal and curled it into the bottom corner.
The Tulips were looking to start brighter in the second half but after a sloppy pass in the midfield Chasetown broke quickly and James Dance scored with an excellent left foot finish on 49 minutes, curling the ball high into the net beyond the reach of ‘keeper Michael Emery.
This early setback seemed to spur the Tulips into life and they started to exert pressure on the home defence. . After a number of corners and a couple of near misses Moreman reduced arrears on the hour with a trademark run and shot from the byline which went under the ‘keeper at his near post.
Spalding pushed further on and Dan Banister replaced an Lawlor in midfield. The opportunites came and went. On one such occasion appeals for a hand ball and penalty were turned down. The Scholars broke away and with the Tulips momentarily distracted, substitute Nick Turton ran free from the half way line and fired past Emery in the 74th minute. This knocked the stuffing out of the Spalding revival and Chasetown played out the remaining 15 minutes with little threat on their goal.
Tulips: Michael Emery, Paul Walker, Adam Jackson, Neal Spafford, Nathan Stain field, Sam Murphy, Mitch Griffiths, David Bell, Jake Newman (Charley Sanders 16 mins), Dan Lawlor (Dan Banister 67 mins), Josh Moreman. Sub (not used) Danny Hussey.
After the game Bob Don-Duncan (Director of football) commented: “It was a disappointing result and performance by us. We looked tired and dispirited at the end. With the squad reduced in numbers the manager has a difficult job in getting an improvement for the home game against second in the table Shaw Lane Aquaforce on Tuesday.