NO GOAL! Gregg Smith saw a strike controversially ruled out. Photo by JAKE WHITELEY

Saturday football: Spalding United come from behind to take point, Holbeach United show spirit in defeat

Spalding United were held to a 1-1 draw by lowly Sutton Coldfield Town on Saturday, while Holbeach United’s latest loss was a 3-2 home reverse against Leicester Nirvana.

In the Pitching In NPL Midlands Division, Spalding boss Brett Whaley wanted his side to shake off their season-long hoodoo of struggling against sides below them in the table.

However, Sutton Coldfield – who are 17th in the 20-team division – weren’t having any of that and took a 1-0 half-time lead through Leo Brown at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field.

That’s how it stayed up until the 81st minute, when defender Sam Cartwright levelled for the Tulips.

Gregg Smith also had a goal controversially ruled out as Spalding were forced to settle for a point that keeps them ninth in the table.

In the Uhlsport UCL Premier Division North, Holbeach’s winless run stretched to a hefty 28 league games.

But Danny Clifton’s rock-bottom side once again showed their fighting spirt, as they turned a 3-0 scoreline into a much more respectable 3-2 defeat.

Goals from Deen Master (2) and Rheiss Mclean had Nirvana in cruise contol at Carter’s Park, but Lewis Baughan and Viliam Radic gave the home crowd something to cheer.

Pinchbeck United were not in action, but their relegation rivals Selston lost 2-0 at Anstey Nomads and now have just two games in hand on the Knights, who they are two points ahead of.

In the ChromaSport UCL Premier Division, all eyes were on the League Cup action.

Moutlon Harrox were held to a 0-0 draw by Division One leaders Warboys Town, while Tydd upset top tier side Oakham United 2-1.

But Crowland Town lost 3-0 at home to Stamford Belvedere and Pinchbeck United Reserves went down 2-1 at home to Whittlesey Athletic Reserves.

More to follow.


Pitching In NPL

Midlands Division: Bedworth United 0 Stamford 3; Cambridge City 1 Belper Town 1; Carlton Town 2 Yaxley 3; Chasetown 1 Ilkeston Town 0; Coleshill Town 2 Histon 1; Corby Town 2 Halesowen Town 2; Daventry Town 3 Sporting Khalsa 1; Loughborough Dynamo 2 Soham Town Rangers 2; Shepshed Dynamo 2 Wisbech Town 0; Spalding United 1 Sutton Coldfield Town 1.

Uhlsport UCL

Premier Division North: Anstey Nomads 2 Selston 0; Boston Town 2 Melton Town 0; Eastwood 1 Deeping Rangers 5; Heather St John’s 5 Newark 2; Holbeach United 2 Leicester Nirvana 3; Long Eaton United 2 Skegness Town 0.

ChromaSport PDFL

League Cup: Crowland Town 0 Stamford Belvedere 3; Moulton Harrox 0 Warboys Town 0; Netherton United 1 Deeping Rangers Reserves 3; Oundle Town 3 Ramsey Town 2; Pinchbeck United Reserves 1 Whittlesey Athletic Reserves 2; Stamford Lions 3 Leverington Sports 1; Stilton United 2 Uppingham Town 1; Tydd 2 Oakham United 1; Wisbech Town Reserves 1 Cardea 0.

Division One: FC Peterborough 3 Eunice Huntingdon 1.

Division Two: Peterborough City 2 Holbeach United Sports 1; Peterborough Polonia 3 FC Hampton 1.

Division Three: Cardea Reserves 5 Wittering Premiar A 0; Deeping United 7 FC Peterborough Reserves 1; Sawtry 6 Leverington Sports Reserves 0.

Division Four: Netherton United A 3 Sutton Bridge United 2; Orton Rangers Reserves 1 Oundle Town Reserves 11 (eleven); Uppingham Town Reserves 5 Cambridhe FC 0; Whittlesey Athletic A 1 Thorpe Wood Rangers 2.

Division Five A: Hampton United 1 Park Farm Pumas 4; Peterborough Rangers 2 Deeping Rangers Development 1.

Division Five B: FC Hampton A 2 Sawtry Reserves 3; Ramsey Town Reserves 2 Park Farm Pumas Reserves 7.

Boston Workforce Unlimited Saturday League

Premier Division: Coningsby 3 Skegness Town A 1; Wyberton Reserves 1 Fulbeck United 3.

Division One: Boston College 1 Woodhall Spa United 1; Park United 2 Kirton Town 2.

Division Two: Caythorpe 1 Billinghay Athletic 6; Swineshead Institute Reserves 3 Boston Athletic 2.

Division Three: Caythorpe 1 Billinghay Athletic 6; Swineshead Institute Reserves 3 Boston Athletic 2.

Sharman Burgess Sports Cup: Fishtoft 0 Spilsby Town 1; Pointon 3 Bull Athletic 1.

Willoughby Shield: Railway Athletic Reserves 3 Fishtoft Reserves 1.

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