Season preview: Spalding set out to stay up

Spalding face Woodhall Spa on Saturday
Spalding face Woodhall Spa on Saturday
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Staying in the top flight is still the target for Spalding this year.

Skipper Rob Ambrose admits last season’s ninth-place finish was “a little bit disappointing overall” – but they would be happy to repeat that.

He said: “We’ve made a few changes but we will have to keep working hard for everything we get here.

“We are playing catch-up against clubs who have been in the Premier League since it started.

“Our main priority at the start of the season for the next two or three years will be all about staying in the league.

“If we can improve on last year then that would be brilliant.

“We know that we need to get off to a good start by winning two or three of our early games.

“I think this year we will be more realistic about how we are going to collect our points throughout the season.

“We need to be solid. In a lot of games last year we went out and batted first, backing ourselves to do that.

“If we had batted second then at times we might have got some draws and grafted out more points.

“So we will go back to how we played in our first year when we came up and we had to work harder for our points.

“Now we are a little bit wiser and better than we were two years ago.

“Nothing is new to us in this league and we know what to expect every week.

“There are no easy games in the Premier League and we are well aware of that.

“Our first game is at home to Woodhall Spa who have signed a Sri Lankan Test player.

“We would expect them to be strong and a top-four side. Then we are away to Bracebridge Heath in our second game so it’s going to be a tough start to the 
season.”