Confidence boost for Spalding United’s play-off push

Josh Moreman
Josh Moreman
  • Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South - Kidsgrove Athletic v Spalding United (Saturday 3pm)
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Seven sides have games in hand to pick up points which could knock Spalding United out of the play-off pack.

One of them is Saturday’s scheduled hosts Kidsgrove Athletic – although doubts over the fixture going ahead were increased in midweek when the Staffordshire club’s home game against Chasetown was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

The fourth-placed Tulips ended a five-match losing run as debutant Kieron Davies got the only goal in Saturday’s win over Romulus.

Boss Marcus Ebdon said: “We were very pleased with the performance.

“The goal was different class with neat touches.

“We know Kidsgrove will be a very tough game again.

Winning breeds extra confidence. When you lose five games on the trot, players don’t want the ball as much as they did when they were getting three points every week.

Marcus Ebdon

“But our confidence has come back because we have stopped the rot.

“Winning breeds extra confidence. When you lose five games on the trot, players don’t want the ball as much as they did when they were getting three points every week.

“Keeping a clean sheet was important as well. Romulus hit the bar in the first half and they had a chance at the end when Michael Duggan made a great save.

“Apart from that, I thought our defence looked solid.

“We had chances to score more goals. Charley Sanders could have claimed a hat-trick after he came on.”

Assistant-boss Danny Hussey added: “We know that Kidsgrove are a big, physical side.

“We have done quite well away from home and we will need to produce the same work-rate which we put in to beat Romulus last week.

“We know several teams have got games in hand but everybody will need to play each other and we’re happy with the points right now.

“We need to get back on a winning streak to stay up there as this division is so lose down to mid-table.”

Defender Neal Spafford could be back in the Tulips’ squad after a calf injury.

Spalding have been handed a huge boost with the news that top scorer Josh Moreman will stay despite a seven-day approach from King’s Lynn Town.

Teenage striker Jonny Lockie continues to attract interest as Premier League scouts saw him in action as a second-half substitute last Saturday.