The game started fairly evenly with both sides making early attempts to score. In just the second minute Spalding's Ryan O'Loughlin shot straight at Tividale keeper Tim Beech
when he was clean through. Two minutes later Spalding's keeper Nick Conroy had to stop a similar effort from Tividale's Adam Wattley
In the 12th minute local favourite Greg Smith worked hard work and won the home side a corner which Tividale failed to clear properly and the ball fell to his strike partner Simon Mowbray, who fired wide. This was to be Spalding's last attempt of the half as Tividale then took control. In the 21st minute, after constant pressure, a deep Kyle Hill
corner found Adam Wattley
, who headed the ball back across goal and Matt Jukes was on hand to hook the ball home from six yards.
The remainder of the half was one way traffic as the rampant Tividale team ripped through the Tulips at will, but could not add to the score line. They were almost made to pay for a series of missed chances in the 34th minute when Spalding fashioned their best chance of the game when Troy Fadden raced onto a long a ball that had split the Tividale defence. He fired past the onrushing Beech but his effort hit the base of the post and rebounded out to Kyle Hill
on the edge of the Tividale box. Hill then ran the length of the pitch, sent in a low cross and Chris Russell
nipped in front of his marker and fired home to make the half time score 2-0 to the Black Country side.
The second half started as the first half did, with Spalding pressing in an effort to reduce the deficit but they came up against a Tividale defence that dealt with them comfortably and when the home side did have efforts on goal, they were either wayward or dealt with by the excellent Beech.
In a mirror image of with the first half, as it wore on it was only a matter of time before Tividale added to their score and in the 75th minute the impressive Adam Hill
latched onto a pass side and outwitted his marker and smashed the ball into the bottom right hand corner of Conroy's net to settle the tie.
After this and probably due to a number of constant substitutions, the game then petered out and became a little scrappy, with neither side able to keep the ball for any length of time, but not being able to do anything constructive when they had it.
At the end of the game Tividale manager Dean Whitehouse
praised his players for their hard work and positive approach – “the lads did well after a long journey to play with such flair and commitment. Spalding made us work hard for the win and I am now looking forward to the next round when hopefully we can continue to make progress”.