Tulips boss Dave Frecklington describes Saturday’s visit of Stocksbridge Park Steels as a ‘must win game’.
After an excellent start to their Evo-Stik NPL First Division South campaign, Spalding United’s momentum has stalled slightly in recent weeks following a run of three games without a win, before Tuesday’s 5-2 league cup success at Carlton Town.
Frecklington is hoping his side can put that behind them at the weekend and return to winning ways.
The Tulips’ confidence was given a boost on Tuesday evening when a visit to lowly Carlton Town in the Integro Cup resulted in a comfortable 5-2 win.
Spalding booked their place in the next round thanks to goals from Nathan Stainfield (2), Cenk Acar (2) and Jack Wightwick - it was Wightwick’s first goal since his move from Boston Town.
Frecklington said: “Jack has done well when he has come on for us and is starting to show what a very good player he is, I’m delighted for him.”
On the cup victory, the coach added: “After a poor run of results in the last three league games, when we have lost from winning positions, we were looking for a response from the players.
“It was important that we won the cup game. We made a good start but then had a 10-minute spell where we looked a little frail and let a two-goal lead slip. But we showed some resilience and came back strongly later in the game.”
With just one point from the last three league outings, Frecklington is keen to pick up three points at the weekend, but he will not be underestimating Stocksbridge.
“They’re a useful side and like to play good football,” he said. “There are no easy fixtures in this league but it is a must win game for us.
”We have to get back to winning ways and back to working hard and imposing our style of play.”
Spalding should have the same squad available as for the Carlton game, although Charlie Gatter did break his nose in Tuesday’s cup tie.