Chappell still hopeful of avoiding relegation

Spalding are at home to Bugbrooke on Saturday
Spalding are at home to Bugbrooke on Saturday

Spalding skipper Ryan Chappell insists his side could be out of the relegation zone by the end of February, despite losing all 13 matches so far in Midlands One East.

They host Bugbrooke on Saturday and Chappell is expecting another tough match, but he is confident the club’s fortunes will soon improve.

He said: “I don’t go into games thinking about damage limitation because on our day we are a match for any side in the league.

“We have given some good teams a really hard game, without being able to get the results.

“Getting the first win will give everyone a lift and there is no reason why we can’t string a few results together and be out of the bottom two by the end of February.”

With two teams going down, that first win can’t come soon enough and Spalding – who were promoted last season – will be without the injured Ben Williams while Cypriot international Alex Ioannou has joined Peterborough Lions.

Skipper Chappell returns to the side after missing last week’s 91-0 defeat at Bedford Athletic through illness.

Bourne and Deepings both face away trips in Midlands Four East (South) on Saturday.

Bourne, with just two wins under their belts, travel to Bedford Swifts while Deepings will be hoping for a win to go above opponents Sileby.

Midlands One East: Bedford Athletic v Belgrave, Market Rasen & Louth v Kettering, Newark v Ilkeston, Old Northamptonians v Huntingdon & District, Paviors v Derby, Spalding v Bugbrooke, Syston v Mansfield.

Midlands Four East (South): Bedford Swifts v Bourne, Sileby Town v Deepings, Stamford College Old Boys v Corby, Thorney v Brackley.