A FOUR-GOAL strike from Spalding’s Simon Mowbray left Daventry United reeling in a unhappy end to the year.
A dour clash at Communications Park on New Year’s Eve saw the Motormen on the receiving end of a 4-1 home drubbing.
Both sides got off to a promising start but neither seemed able to gain the upper hand in the early stages of the game.
Mowbray put the visitors into an early lead with goals after 23 and 39 minutes after a spell of intense pressure.
This put them firmly in the driving seat at the interval.
But a half-time team talk seemed to rally the Motormen who came out with renewed vigour.
Their efforts were rewarded when Tom Lorraine pulled one back shortly into the second-half.
But their joy was relatively short-lived when Mowbray again found the back of the net in the 72nd and 80th minutes.
Both sides kept up the pressure in the final stages of the game with Spalding forcing the Daventry keeper into making a fine save and at the other end Tom Lorraine also went close.
But the game ended with a comfortable 4-1 victory for the visitors leaving Daventry with it all to do as the New Year opens.