S/East Round-up: Gabriel Zakuani records draw in first game in charge of Spalding United

By James Gordon

Zakuani led his side to a 3-3 draw away to Belper Town in his first game in charge of the club.

The former Leyton Orient, Peterborough United and Gillingham defender was announced as manager earlier last week, and quickly made an impact with the signings of Nile Ranger, Chris Assombalonga, Jordan Foster and Glenn Yala Bolasie.

Belper Town found themselves 1-0 up in the first four minutes thanks to Piteu Crouz’s fourth goal of the season, before Lewis Brownhill equalised for the visitors.

Further goals from Steven McDonnell and Spencer Weir-Daley saw the sides go into the break with a 2-2 scoreline.

Latest recruit Chib Chilaka restored the home side's advantage for the third time, but new man Ranger equalised just before the hour mark for a share of the spoils.

Zakuani shared on social media: “First game in charge against a team challenging at the top end of the table. Team spirit and character was brilliant.

“Nile Rangers gets a lot of stick on here so pleased he got off the mark. Unplayable. Well done boys.”

Spalding United now sit 17th in the league, while Belper Town are just outside the play-offs in sixth.

Elsewhere in the league, Carlton Town defeated Sheffield FC 2-0, thanks to goals from Aaron Opoku and Niall Davie.

Ryan Nesbitt scored a brace to guide Sutton Coldfield Town to a 2-0 victory away to Market Drayton Town.

Finally, Chasetown claimed the three points at home to Stockbridge Park Steels thanks to a 2-1 result. Goals from Oli Hayward and Benjamin Lund.

Pictures of Sheffield v Carlton Town by Darren Murphy.

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