Bennett at the double as Tulips win at Corby

Sam Bennett came off the bench to see Spalding United get back to winning ways in the Pitching In Northern Premier League Midlands Division.
The Tulips had been left to stew on the 5-0 capitulation at Anstey Nomads for two weeks after last week’s match and even a proposed friendly in mid-week were called off due to the weather.
But they battled to a 2-1 victory at Corby on Saturday through super-sub Bennett’s double, including an 81st minute winner.
They were the better side in the first half and created chances without finding the back of the net.
Lewis Hilliard had one free kick come off the post and another well saved by the Corby keeper.
Dan Sweeney and Tyler Winters also went close with efforts.
Bennett’s introduction proved pivotal and just minutes after coming off the bench produced a brilliant finish to give the Tulips a 68th minute lead.
The lead though lasted just nine minutes as Spalding failed to clear a ball into the box and Tristian Thompson-Matthews scored.
“Last time out was a real set back for us but we had to reset, get back in training and work on a way to play the game.
“What a place Corby is to come with 600 fans who were loud throughout.
“We knew it was going to be a real cauldron and Corby work their socks off so we had to match them.
“It was a real tight game of few chances.
“We defended quite well but I was disappointed in the final third with our decision making.
“Sam comes on, scores a great goal, we have the horrendous incident with Riley who we’ll give all the support and Corby then get a goal.
“But the character of the lads to then go and get the win after everything that happened was absolutely delighted with.
“It’s a great place to play football and get a win.
“We had coaches full of fans for the game so thank you to them and we’ll look to go again next week.”
There are three home games in a row coming up for Spalding who first host Gresley at the Sir Halley Stewart on Saturday.
The Tulips will be looking for three points. They remain second in the league, a point behind leaders Harborough Town who have a game in hand.
Spalding then host Boston United in a tasty local derby in the Lincolnshire County Cup on Tuesday.
There’s likely to be a healthy crowd as the Tulips look to get one over their National League North neighbours.
The Tulips gave a debut to Lamine Sherif, the former Leicester City youngster who had previously had spells with Accrington Stanley, Kettering Town and Peterborough Sports.
“I’m delighted to finally get Lamine over the line,” said Sandy. “He’s an exciting midfielder and exactly the addition we need in the squad.”
Tulips: Breedon, Draper, Warburton, Walker, Stainfield, Cartwright, Hilliard, Sherif, Sweeney, Winters, O’Sullivan, Subs: Sandy, Curtis, Barker, Graham, Bennett.
Attendance: 643.

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