DEBUT GOAL: Nile Ranger (middle) at Belper on Saturday. Photo from @SMatchday on Twitter (Spalding United's new matchday account)

Saturday football: Ranger marks Tulips debut with a goal in thriller, Holbeach and Pinchbeck lose at home

Nile Ranger marked his Spalding United debut with a goal as they drew at Belper Town on Saturday, while Holbeach United lost at home to Harborough Town and Pinchbeck United were thrashed by Lutterworth Town in Lewis Thorogood’s first game as boss.

Starting with Spalding, they trailled three times in Gaby Zakuani’s first game as permament boss before battling back to draw 3-3.

Piteu Crouz (4), Steve McDonnell (36) and Chib Chilaka (49) gave Belper the lead three times in the Pitching In NPL South East Division clash, but the Tulips hit back through Lewis Brownhill (25), Spencer Weir-Daley (44) and Ranger (60).

The draw ends a run of six defeats on the bounce for Spalding, who now sit 17th in the table.

In the Uhlsport UCL Premier Division, Holbeach suffered a 1-0 home loss against Harborough to end their recent unbeaten run.

A first-half goal from Dan Forbes (43) was the difference between the sides at Carter’s Park.

Pinchbeck’s miserable form continued in the same division as they were thumped 5-0 by Lutterworth at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field.

New boss Thorogood will be hoping to stamp his authority on the team over the coming weeks after inheriting a side that sits 19th in the table.

Elsewhere, Moulton Harrox made it six wins out of six in the ChromaSport PDFL Premier Division with a fine 3-0 win over Peterborough North End Sports.

Their goals came from Ian Bradbury, Ashley Coddington and Joe Townsend at Broad Lane.

There was also a big derby win for Crowland Town as they thrashed Long Sutton 4-0 at Snowden Field.

More to follow throughout the week.


Pitching In NPL

South East Division: Belper Town 3 Spalding United 3; Chasetown 2 Stocksbridge Park Steels 1; Market Drayton Town 0 Sutton Coldfield Town 2; Sheffield FC 0 Carlton Town 2.

Uhlsport UCL

Premier Division: Boston Town 2 Desborough Town 3; GNG Oadby Town 2 Sleaford Town 0; Holbeach United 0 Harborough Town 1; Pinchbeck United 0 Lutterworth Town 5; Peterborough Northern Star 1 Northampton ON Chenecks 6.

ChromaSport PDFL

Premier Division: Crowland Town 4 Long Sutton Athletic 0; Eye United 2 Netherton United 2; ICA Sports 1 Cardea 0; Ketton 4 Oakham United 0; Moulton Harrox 3 Peterborough North End Sports 0; Stamford Lions 1 Leverington Sports 1; Stilton United 3 FC Parson Drove 1.

Division One: Eunice Huntingdon 4 Pinchbeck United Res 0; Kings Cliffe 2 Oundle Town 4; Rippingale & Folkingham 1 Stamford Belvedere 7; Tydd 5 Moulton Harrox Res 1; Warboys Town 3 NECI 2.

Division Two: Glinton & Northborough 2 Wittering Premiair Res 4; Long Sutton Athletic Res 1 Ramsey Town 6; Oakham United Res 1 Wisbech Town Res 7; Peterborough Polonia 2 Parkside 4; Stamford Belvedere Res 4 Farcet United 3.

Division Three: FC Hampton Res 1 Peterborough City 1; Leverington Sports Res 0 Casterton 5; Stamford Lions Res 3 Huntingdon Rovers 4; Stanground Sports 9 Dreams 1; Weldon United 3 FC Peterborough Res 1; Wittering Premiair A 2 Kings Cliffe Res 4.

Division Four: Deeping United 0 Warboys Town Res 8; Netherton United A 3 Whittlesey Athletic A 2; Park Farm Pumas 6 Orton Rangers Res 4; Parkside Res 0 Sawtry 10.

Division Five: Sutton Bridge United 3 Weldon United Res 1; Deeping United Res 2 Rippingale & Folkingham Res 5; FC Hampton A 1 Dreams Res 2; Kings Cliffe A 2 Wittering Premiair B 8; NECI Res 0 Langtoft United 3; Oundle Town Res 8 Holbeach Bank 1; Ramsey Town Res 1 Thorpe Wood Rangers Res 4.

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