Sleaford Town defeated in 10-goal thriller

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Sleaford Town 4

Jamie Shaw

Jamie Shaw

Northampton Spencer 6

Northampton Spencer sprang a minor surprise with this high scoring win at Eslaforde Park.

The Millers were potent in front of goal in the first half. Ryan Dove’s seventh minute goal set the pattern for the afternoon with Matt Long joining him on the scoresheet 10 minutes later.

Dove scored his second goal after 26 minutes with Alex Lowery next on the scoresheet eight minutes later.

A 40th minute Ben Brown goal gave the Greens outside hopes of a second half comeback.

Jamie Shaw cut the deficit further after 55 minutes. And then top scorer Ryan Oliver scored Sleaford’s third after 72 minutes, with Joe Smith equalising five minutes later.

But Spencer replied immediately after the restart, with Long restoring the visitors’ lead on 78 minutes.

The Millers’ victory was sealed by Long’s hat trick effort five minutes from time.