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Reaction from Spalding United manager Elliot Sandy after their draw with Harborough Town





Manager Elliot Sandy wants his Spalding United side to take the positives from their performance after suffering late heartbreak in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Harborough Town.

The Tulips looked on course to topple the league leaders when Riley O'Sullivan put the hosts ahead on the strike of half-time.

However, an injury-time equaliser from Jake Duffy secured a share of the spoils for the Bees and prevented Spalding from leapfrogging their visitors in the Northern Premier League Midlands Division table.

Manager Elliot Sandy. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Manager Elliot Sandy. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Spalding's home draw with Harborough Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Spalding's home draw with Harborough Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Spalding's home draw with Harborough Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Spalding's home draw with Harborough Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Spalding's home draw with Harborough Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Spalding's home draw with Harborough Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Spalding's home draw with Harborough Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Spalding's home draw with Harborough Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Spalding's home draw with Harborough Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Spalding's home draw with Harborough Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes

Sandy said: "It was a really hard one to take and it's tough for the lads because they gave so much.

"The effort was outstanding. We were good on the ball and worked it well and I don't think our keeper has had a save to make.

"Their keeper also didn't have lots to do because it was one of those games where there were so few chances.

"Their gaffer will say that it's a sign of a good side to keep going and nick something at the end but we all feel gutted.

"We have to take the positives from the performance. They should be proud of themselves because we're still in a great position in the league.

"If we play like we did on Saturday for the rest of the season then I think we will give ourselves a great chance of going for promotion."

Action from Spalding's home draw with Harborough Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Spalding's home draw with Harborough Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Spalding's home draw with Harborough Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Spalding's home draw with Harborough Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Spalding's home draw with Harborough Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Spalding's home draw with Harborough Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Spalding's home draw with Harborough Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Spalding's home draw with Harborough Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Spalding's home draw with Harborough Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Spalding's home draw with Harborough Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Spalding's home draw with Harborough Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Spalding's home draw with Harborough Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes

Clear-cut chances had been at a premium throughout the contest before O'Sullivan finished well to put the Tulips ahead.

Harborough mounted some late pressure which eventually paid off when Duffy headed home from a corner in the third minute of injury time.

Sandy added: "Both teams were a little bit tentative and I felt it was a game that we needed to win to give ourselves a chance of winning the league.

Action from Spalding's home draw with Harborough Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Spalding's home draw with Harborough Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Nathan Stainfield. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Nathan Stainfield. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Spalding's home draw with Harborough Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Spalding's home draw with Harborough Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Spalding's home draw with Harborough Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Spalding's home draw with Harborough Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Spalding's home draw with Harborough Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Spalding's home draw with Harborough Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Spalding's home draw with Harborough Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Spalding's home draw with Harborough Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Spalding's home draw with Harborough Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Spalding's home draw with Harborough Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes

"It was a bit scrappy and it was one of those games where nobody wanted to give too much away.

"We got the goal and did really well in the second half so it was gutting to concede with pretty much the last kick of the game."

Spalding are back in action on Tuesday night when they entertain Lye Town at the Sir Halley Stewart ground.



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