As no photographer was present at the Tulips controversial 2-1 defeat at Wellingborough Town (ref had a shocker by all accounts!) on Thursday 25th April and thumping 5-1 victory at AFC Kempston Rovers on Saturday 27th April, this gallery features images from their next match, the tough away fixture in Northamptonshire versus mid-table Cogenhoe United, which was played on Tuesday 30th April 2013.
With Spalding United trailing promotion rivals St Ives Town (UCL Premier Division champions Holbeach United elected not to apply to go up) by a single point before kick-off, and with both teams having just one match to play after tonight, this really was another MUST-WIN situation, as the Tulips could not rely on Yaxley (their rivals’ opponents on Tuesday night) doing them a favour. In a nail-biting encounter the Tulips took the lead through a Jake Gibson header on 55 minutes but were pegged back when the visitors scored something of a soft headed equaliser on 66 minutes; undeterred, the heroic men of Spalding went for broke and after 72 minutes skipper, Lee Canoville, epitomised the grit and determination of his side by rifling home the winning goal after beating his marker to the ball from a Gibson corner. A thrilling 2-1 victory sadly proved to be not enough to make any inroad into St Ives Town‘s one point lead however, as news soon filtered through from the Recreation Ground that they had beaten Yaxley by a solitary goal after 70 minutes.
And so we go into the final UCL Premier Division match of the season at Peterborough Northern Star knowing once again that only a victory will give the team any chance of promotion; St Ives face a tough examination of their credentials when they visit The Dovecote, home of the mighty Shepshed Dynamo a team who, rumour has it, are absolutely fired up to throw a spanner in the planned promotion hopes of their dreaded visitors!…
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