WELCOME RETURN: Jenk Acar should feature at Stocksbridge. Photo by JAKE WHITELEY

Saturday football: Spot-on Acar saves Tulips, battling draw for Tigers and Pinchbeck bounce back

Spalding United twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with Gresley on Saturday, while Holbeach United drew 0-0 at Newport Pagnell Town and Pinchbeck United picked up a 2-1 victory at Harborough Town.

Starting at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field, Spalding were indebted to a last-minute penalty from Cenk Acar as they made it two games unbeaten.

Alex Stedaman fired visitors Gresley ahead in the Evo-Stik NPL East Division clash, but Ben Davison hit back to level three minutes later.

Kane Lee’s 38th-minute effort put the Moatmen back ahead – and they held that lead all the way up until the 90th minute, when Acar’s second penalty in as many weeks secured Matt Easton’s side a share of the spoils.

In the Future Lions UCL Premier Division, Holbeach’s six-game winning run came to an end at Willen Road – but a draw with Newport Pagnell is never a bad result.

The Tigers are fourth in the table after the stalemate, now eight points behind leaders Daventry Town.

Also above them are second-placed Pinchbeck United, who bounced back from their first loss of the season with a battling victory.

Ewan Fieldhouse’s fourth-minute strike put the Knights ahead, but the hosts levelled ten minutes later.

The winner came from Ollie Maltby five minutes into the second period, with the striker having been introduced as a half-time substitute.

Ian Dunn’s side are five points off top spot with a game in hand.

Down in the ChromaSport PDFL Premier Division, Moulton Harrox are 11 points clear at the top atfer a 2-0 derby victory over Tydd at Broad Lane.

Holbeach United Reserves are third after walloping Long Sutton Athletic 6-0 at Carter’s Park, while Sutton Bridge United went down 3-0 at Whittlesey Athletic.

More football and all results to follow.

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