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Howes breaks duck as Spartans win

SPARTACUS  Saturday, February 16, 2002  18:31 GMT

Seven Up for Spartans

The Spa carried on from last week as they hit seven goals without reply at home to Abro Bovington, a feat made all the better by the fact that they fielded a team missing six first team players through injury and suspension.  The win was a little easier than the reverse fixture where they were really made to work for their win, this time it was total dominance from the off as after five minutes the break through came from in form Marc Dalley, after good work from Andy Mallet, he hit a majestic strike across goal past a floundering keeper.  The goals at both ends came under pressure for a little spell but Jon Summers summed up the afternoon with an audacious lob from all of 45 yards that beat the keeper all ends up.  Kieron Howes was the next to get on the score sheet, his first Spa goal for six games, when he prodded past the keeper from ten yards on 25 minutes.  He also went close just past the half hour when his snap shot rebounded from the post before Damian Mclucas crashed home a sizzler from 30 yards  to send the home side in at the break four goals to the good. 

The second half started at a lesser tempo to the first but it didn't take long for the Spartans to get back into the groove, on 55 minutes Mclucas picked out the run of Dale Powell who tucked home his second of the season.  Abro almost grabbed a goal on the hour mark but Lee Fraser could not find the elusive finish from six yards.  Some neat interchanges between the Spa forward line almost brought about a number of spectacular goals but they had to wait till the 75th minute for the next goal which was the clubs 100th goal of the season, Andy Bishop the provider for Mclucas to score his second. He could have had a hat trick but his earlier strike was harshly disallowed for offside.  A spectacular late save from Dave Blackman in the home goal preserved the clean sheet, closely followed by the final goal of the day, Dalley found Howes 18 yards from goal and he crashed it past the forlorn keeper to wrap up the scoring. 

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