TIGHT TUSSLE: Shane Clarke battles for the ball on Saturday. Photo by MARK GOODALE

Spalding United’s FA Trophy hopes are put to Bed by ex-Peterborough United ace

Spalding United 0 Bedford Town 1

It’s now five defeats on the bounce for Spalding United after Bedford Town knocked them out of the FA Trophy on Saturday.

A goal from former Peterborough United ace Jermaine Rene-Howe seven minutes before the break was enough to settle the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field contest.

SKIPPER: Michael Duggan saves. Photos by MARK GOODALE

The Tulips, who were again under the charge of caretakers Neal Spafford and Gaby Zakuani, battled hard throughout against a side that also had former Scottish international Craig Mackail-Smith in attack.

George Zuerner had the best chance of the game for the boys in blue, but blazed over the bar from four yards when well placed.

WATCHING ON: Neal Spafford and Gaby Zakuani take in the action at the Sir Halley. Photos by MARK GOODALE

A dangerous cross from Lewis Brownhill almost forced an own goal too, but Bedford also wasted a huge chance to double their money when ex-Tulip Ross Watson missed an open goal.

Tulips: Duggan, Floyd, Warren, Clarke, Price, Zuerner (Weir-Daley 67), L Brownhill, Painter (Fenton, 89), J Brownhill, Goddard, Johnson. Not used: Flitton, Howard, Smith, Yeomans.

Attendance: 224.

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