Town boss delighted to break duck but red cards piling up

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SLEAFORD Town manager Glen Maddison was delighted with the win at Long Buckby on Saturday for his side’s first points of the season.

He admitted there was also some relief, saying: “Considering we were down to the bare bones, we bounced back well after the lesson we were given at Spalding in midweek. We should have scored even more goals but we cannot be too critical.”

Maddison added: “Our debut players did well, young Harry Millard and a first start for Steve Lovett. Liam Tunstall came on and took his first goal well and then won us a penalty. He might have gone on to score a hat-trick.

“The injury to Micky Stones at work, meant that we needed Tunstall with us and how well it worked out. Ironically, I was going to discipline him and leave him with the reserve side after his red card on Tuesday evening. His was a dangerous tackle and he knew it was nothing to be proud of but, to his credit, he did apologise”.

Meanwhile, reserve manager Kei Brownhill now has an assistant to spread the work-load, with the arrival of Stephen Garfoot, who has latterly been with the Heckington club. Stephen played for Town’s first team in the early 2000s in the Lincolnshire League and his father Colin was a regular in the 1970s.

Town were at home to Peterborough Northern Star yesterday (Tuesday) evening and on Saturday there is a fascinating FA Vase cup-tie away to higher-ranked Blaby & Whetstone (Leics).

This coming Tuesday (September 18) there is a League Challenge first-round cup-tie at home to league newcomers Quorn.

Spalding United 5 Sleaford Town 1

A FEW days before the Long Buckby victory, Town fell to a third straight league defeat in a Tuesday evening encounter at Spalding, where the hosts simply proved too strong.

Town continued with striker Ryan Oliver as team skipper while Shaun Popple remained on the bench. Nathan Rawdon made his first start, in at right-back.

The Spalding club has the services of a number of former top league players and they have a weekly wage bill of which Town can only dream.

At the interval Spalding led by three goals to one, the Sleaford success going to Nick Bishop, who netted a header from a Jamie McCormack corner. The home side continued to have the better of the exchanges after the turn-around although there were a few decent moments from a Sleaford side that at least kept battling away.

The performance was again soured by two more red cards, both late in the game. Firstly, Kris Jones was dismissed for a stamping offence, then substitute Liam Tunstall was asked to walk after a high challenge. That made five red cards for the club in the five outings this far.

Team: Hewitt, Rawdon, Llewellyn, Jones, Braithwaite, Bishop, McCormack, Jackson, Edwards, Oliver, Hollingworth, Subs: Tunstall, Murrell, Millard, Popple, Lovett.