FOOTBALL: D-Day for duo in season-defining fixtures

Crunch clashes: Andy Stanhope and (below) John Chand both lead their charges into massive games this weekend.

Crunch clashes: Andy Stanhope and (below) John Chand both lead their charges into massive games this weekend.

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RIVALS Spalding United and Holbeach United face huge relegation battles this weekend as they bid to survive in their respective divisions.

Market Drayton Town v Spalding Utd (Saturday, 3pm)

ANDY Stanhope admits that Market Drayton will be out of reach if they win this Evo-Stik League First Division South basement battle.

The rock-bottom Tulips go into the clash eight points behind their 19th-placed hosts – having played SIX games more.

With two likely to slip through the step four trapdoor, Spalding won’t get many better chances to kick-start their survival bid – and register a first away win of the season in the process.

Stanhope, who is yet to win as Spalding boss in four attempts, said: “If we don’t start winning soon we’ll be in trouble.

“It’s important for the mentality of the lads that we get a win under our belts.

“Hopefully we’ll have a few new faces for the game, I’m waiting on answers on a couple of players.”

Spalding hope to welcome back Harry Deane and Mitchell Eustace.

Rothwell Corinthians v Holbeach United (Saturday, 3pm)

NOTHING but a win will be good enough for the Tigers as the UCL Premier Division’s bottom two go head-to-head.

Holbeach dropped into the relegation zone on Tuesday night after Desborough Town drew 1-1 with Sleaford Town.

But Rothwell have been cannon fodder this season, shipping 89 goals and losing 18 of their 23 outings.

However, Tigers boss John Chand has warned his side to take nothing for granted.

He said: “This is a game we should be winning, but that’s what they’ll be thinking too.

“We have a run of games coming up that will shape our season and it’s important we get the job done on Saturday.”

Holbeach will have to do without Simon Mowbray, who has been recalled by Stamford.

Mitch Griffiths serves the last game of his ban too, but Mark Courtley and Shaun Baker return.