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Spalding United beat Shepshed Dynamo in the Northern Premier League

Spalding United recorded a fifth win from their last six league games after a three-goal success at Shepshed Dynamo on Saturday.

Two goals inside the opening 13 minutes from Nathan Stainfield and Riley O'Sullivan set the Tulips on the road to victory in the Northern Premier League Midlands Division.

Sam Cartwright then added a third goal after the break as Spalding continued their pursuit of league leaders Harborough Town.

Sam Cartwright. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Sam Cartwright. Photo: Chris Lowndes

Manager Elliot Sandy was pleased with another efficient display from his second-placed side who are virtually guaranteed at least a spot in the play-offs after Saturday's win.

Sandy said: "It was a really professional away performance.

"We got a couple of early goals after starting well and just managed the game.

"We are scoring a lot of goals at the moment and to keep a clean sheet is always nice.

"It keeps us right up there with five games to go. We'll take each game as it comes, try and win as many of them as possible, and see where we end up.

"It's now the business end of the season. We are in a really good place and the lads are full of confidence."

Spalding had handed a debut to new signing Isaac Adegoke who has arrived from Southern League Premier Division Central side Halesowen Town.

The midfielder played against the Tulips last Tuesday night during a loan stint at Lye Town before completing his transfer to Spalding 48 hours later.

Danny Draper and Jordan Graham also both came into the starting line-up following the two-goal midweek success.

The Tulips needed just seven minutes to break the deadlock when Stainfield headed following a corner after O'Sullivan's shot had been deflected wide.

The lead was then doubled six minutes later as O'Sullivan picked himself up after being hauled down to score his fifth goal in the last four games from the resultant penalty.

Spalding came close to adding a third goal before the interval as Sam Warburton fizzed a shot narrowly over the crossbar.

They did extend their lead though midway through the second period when Cartwright powered home a header following another setpiece.

The victory - their third over Shepshed this season after an FA Cup victory earlier in the season - keeps Spalding within two points of the league leaders with Harborough having a game in hand.

They are back in action at the Sir Halley Stewart ground on Monday when they host fifth-placed Hinckley Leicester Road.

They will again be running their ‘kids go free’ initiative for Monday’s home match for Under 16s.

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