FOOTBALL: ‘Back to basics’ for Spalding United

Celebrations after the third goal on Saturday. Photos by Tim Wilson
Celebrations after the third goal on Saturday. Photos by Tim Wilson
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Spalding United are close to hitting their target for the first half of the season.

The third-placed Tulips are three points off the top of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South.

Goals from Bradley Wells, Nathan Whitehead and Sam Downey secured a 3-0 home victory over Market Drayton Town on Saturday.

Boss Dave Frecklington revealed: “We had a long chat after the home defeat to Stocksbridge Park Steels last month.

“We stressed how it was important for us to get back to basics as we wanted to have a ‘decent December’.

“We’ve had back-to-back wins with six goals and two clean sheets.

Bradley Wells scores the early opener with a wonderful lob

Bradley Wells scores the early opener with a wonderful lob

“It’s all about getting some momentum. We’ll tick off the next game and then prepare for a tough festive period.

“We are not too far off the points target we wanted at the halfway stage of the season – it all depends on the result at Gresley next weekend.

“Our playing levels are seven or eight out of 10 at the moment.

“We were hoping that last month was a blip and we’ve got that out of the way now because we’ve got key players back.

Bradley Wells is like a fairy on top of the Christmas tree with that little bit of glitter and something special!

Dave Frecklington

“Overall, we’ve gone up a gear and bounced back with such style after going through that losing spell.

“In successive 3-0 wins, we’ve started to look like a proper team again.

“In the past three games Michael Duggan has only needed to make one save.

“Apart from the winner for Basford United, we have looked solid. We brought back Adam Jackson and since then we’ve kept two clean sheets.

“We asked Mitch Griffiths and Conor Higginson to step up as they are natural wide players who had been out of action for a while.

“In midfield Charlie Gatter complements Matt Varley, allowing Whitehead to push further forward.

“It was a great finish from Wells. He gets so many of the plaudits but we need somebody at that end of the pitch even when the back four are playing well.

“He is like a fairy on top of the Christmas tree with that little bit of glitter and something special!

“The second goal was a great team move finished off by Whitehead.

“We were pleased Downey got the third goal on Saturday as his attitude has been first class. He was left out of the squad last week but he trained well.”

Jack Wightwick missed Saturday’s game with an ankle injury.

Meanwhile, player-coach Chris Hamilton has been released after an injury-hit spell at Spalding.

Defender Jason Field and teenage forward Jonny Lockie have joined Boston Town on loan.