Ten-man Spalding United produced an impressive comeback to win 2-1 at lowly Rugby Town on Saturday and keep their title hopes alive.
After a goalless first half, the Tulips were reduced to ten men when Neal Spafford appeared to hit out at David Kolodynski early in the second period.
It didn’t take long for hosts Rugby to cash in on their numerical advantage, with Kolodynski putting them 1-0 to the good.
However, Dave Frecklington’s side are made of stern stuff these days and soon levelled when Brad Wells nodded home Lee Beeson’s corner.
Not done there, Brad Barraclough headed home his first competitive goal for the club to give Spalding all three points against the odds.
The win keeps the Tulips six points behind leaders Shaw Lane AFC, who grabbed a late goal to beat Stocksbridge 1-0.
Meanwhile, Holbeach United’s ChromaSport UCL Premier Division trip to high-flying Eynesbury Rovers was postponed due to a frozen pitch.
In the ChromaSport PDFL, Moulton Harrox re-took second place in the Premier Division with a 4-1 home success over Wisbech Town Reserves.
Pinchbeck United progressed to the last four of the President Premier Shield with a 2-1 triumph over ICA Sports at Knight Street. Having trailed 1-0 at the break, Ollie Maltby and Brad Murrell netted to send The Knights through.
More football throughout the week at www.spaldingvoice.co.uk and in Thursday’s paper.
First Division South: Chasetown 5 Market Drayton Town 1; Gresley 2 Carlton Town 1; Kidsgrove Athletic 2 Northwich Victoria 1; Leek Town 0 Basford United 5; Romulus 3 AFC Rushden and Diamonds 2; Rugby Town 1 Spalding United 2; Shaw Lane 1 Stocksbridge Park Steels 0; Sheffield FC 3 Lincoln United 2; Stamford 2 Bedworth United 1; Witton Albion 3 Newcastle Town 0.
Premier Division: Deeping Rangers 2 Cogenhoe United 0; Desborough Town 1 Boston Town 1; Harrowby United 1 Harborough Town 4; Huntingdon Town 1 Leicester Nirvana 2; Kirby Muxloe 3 Sleaford Town 1; Oadby Town 0 Peterborough Sports 6; Rothwell Corinthians 0 Northampton ON Chenecks 0; Wellingborough Town 2 Peterborough Northern Star 0; Wisbech Town 2 Northampton Sileby Rangers 4; Yaxley 2 Newport Pagnell Town 0.
Premier Division: Ketton 1 Thorney 0; Langtoft United 3 Uppingham Town 0; Moulton Harrox 4 Wisbech Town Res 1; Netherton United 1 Stilton United 0; Peterborough Sports Res 4 Leverington Sports 0; Sawtry 2 Deeping Rangers Res 2; Stamford Lions 9 AFC Stanground Sports 0.
President Premier Shield: Pinchbeck United 2 ICA Sports 1.
Division One: Glinton & Northborough 5 Wittering Harriers 4; Riverside 3 Netherton United Res 5; Spalding United Res 1 Kings Cliffe 3; Sutton Bridge United 2 Oundle Town 2; Warboys Town 1 Stamford Belvedere 1.
Chairman Championship Shield: Oakham United Res 7 Baston 1.
Division Two: Crowland Town Res 2 Langtoft United Res 3; Parkway Eagles 1 Whittlesey Athletic 5; Peterborough ICA Sports Res 2 Ketton Res 1.
Division Three: Oundle Town Res 2 FC Peterborough 3; Rutland DR 1 Sawtry Res 2; Uppingham Town Res 5 Whittlesey Ath B 7.
Division Four: FC Peterborough Res 5 Long Sutton Athletic Res 2; Holbeach Bank 2 Cardea 4; Netherton United B 1 Stamford Lions A 2; Premiair 3 Feeder 1; Whittlesey Athletic C 2 Whaplode Drove 1; Wittering Harriers Res 0 Tydd St Mary Res 2.
Division Five A: Orton Rangers 2 Ramsey Town Res 4; Peterborough NECI 5 Holbeach United A 1.
Division Five B: Kings Cliffe Res 5 Riverside Res 1; Wisbech Town Acorns 4 British School of Sport 5.