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Spalding United beat Boston United in the Lincolnshire Senior Cup





Spalding are through to the final of the Lincolnshire Senior Cup for the second successive season.

Goals from Tyler Winters, James Clifton and Dan Sweeney secured a 3-0 victory for the Tulips on Tuesday night in their semi-final clash with Boston United.

They will now face either Cleethorpes or Scunthorpe in the final as they look to go one better than last season's cup final loss to Grantham.

Joe Curtis battles with Nathan Bowen for possession. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Joe Curtis battles with Nathan Bowen for possession. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Spalding celebrate Tyler Winters' opener. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Spalding celebrate Tyler Winters' opener. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Riley O'Sullivan is thwarted by a last-ditch challenge. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Riley O'Sullivan is thwarted by a last-ditch challenge. Photo: Chris Lowndes

Both sides made a number of changes to their starting line-ups for the last four tie with Spalding handing a debut to Collins Tanor.

The Ghanaian has recently been with Hereford United and Stratford Town after starting his career as youngster with Manchester City before spells playing in Denmark, Georgia and America.

Spalding started strongly against a youthful Pilgrims side and needed just six minutes to break the deadlock.

Collins Tanor. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Collins Tanor. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Tyler Winters scores the opening goal. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Tyler Winters scores the opening goal. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Jordan Graham charges down a clearance. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Jordan Graham charges down a clearance. Photo: Chris Lowndes

Joe Curtis and Riley O'Sullivan combined well down the left and the latter surged into the box before teeing up Winters who turned smartly before firing home.

Boston looked for an instant response and home goalkeeper Tony Breeden had to fingertip a free-kick from Ethan Sephton to safety.

The Tulips custodian was then down smartly midway through the half to save a low shot from Michael Gyasi before Winters drove an effort just past the far post from Kyle Barker's through ball.

Spalding celebrate Tyler Winters' opener. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Spalding celebrate Tyler Winters' opener. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Riley O'Sullivan takes a tumble. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Riley O'Sullivan takes a tumble. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Tyler Winters heads for goal. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Tyler Winters heads for goal. Photo: Chris Lowndes

Winters then teed up strike partner Jordan Graham in the latter stages of the half and he was just wide with a deft flick while James Clifton brought a save out of Pilgrims goalkeeper Dan Martin from a free-kick as Spalding finished the first period in the ascendency.

The Tulips made a raft of changes in the opening 15 minutes of the second half as the contest became more of a war of attrition in the heavy and wet conditions.

Spalding needed a second goal to make the tie more comfortable and Riley O'Sullivan had an effort disallowed for offside following a fine pass from James Snedden.

Sam Warburton wins a header. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Sam Warburton wins a header. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Riley O'Sullivan evades a challenge. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Riley O'Sullivan evades a challenge. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Collin Tanor lines up a shot. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Collin Tanor lines up a shot. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Boston defend a Spalding corner. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Boston defend a Spalding corner. Photo: Chris Lowndes

The Pilgrims took off experienced defender Zak Mills as the game entered the final 15 minutes and shortly after Spalding's match-clinching goal arrived.

Substitute Sweeney played an intelligent ball into the path of Clifton who rounded Martin before tapping home against his former club.

Sweeney then capped the win in the last minute as Lewis Hilliard’s long pass released Sam Bennett who raced clear before unselfishly squaring for the former Bromsgrove striker to convert from close range for a much-needed goal following a lengthy spell out injured.

Spalding: Breeden, Clifton (Hilliard), O'Sullivan, Walker, Stainfield (Warburton), Cartwright, Barker (Sherif), Tanor (Draper), Winters (Bennett), Graham (Sweeney), Curtis (Snedden).

Boston: Martin, Knowles, Sephton (Jaine), Mills (Butterfill), Perry-Burdett, Hand, Bowen (Aaron), Essien (Langford), Horne, Hill, Gyasi. Subs not used: Ging, Zaluzinskis.

Attendance: 350.



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