FOOTBALL: Debut goal, red card and brawl in friendly

Dave Frecklington and Brad Barraclough
Dave Frecklington and Brad Barraclough
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Spalding United’s new-look squad are already showing togetherness and spirit after four training sessions and one pre-season friendly, according to manager Dave Frecklington.

The Tulips fought out a 1-1 draw at King’s Lynn Town on Tuesday night with striker Brad Barraclough scoring the equaliser on his debut.

However, new signing Matt Varley faces a three-match ban after being sent off for a challenge which led to a 20-man brawl.

Frecklington said: “We’ve got a great group who are already showing spirit and togetherness in abundance.

“I was really pleased with how we went about our business after a nightmare journey with traffic delays.

“We only got to the ground at 7.20pm so it was a case of getting on with it.

Matt Varley got sent off in the second half for a rash tackle but he didn’t deserve a red card and now he’ll have to serve a suspension.

Dave Frecklington

“We had a shabby warm-up and it certainly wasn’t the best preparation for the first game.

“Our organisation and the way we set up was very good.

“We’re happy to concede possession. King’s Lynn were the better side in terms of keeping the ball but they were going nowhere with it.

“When they came into our areas, we were aggressive in our pressing game.

“We played on the counter-attack and really hurt them.

“We won the battles and had an aerial threat but we also got the ball down and passed it.

“We were unfortunate to concede a penalty but soon afterwards Brad showed his quality to equalise.

“Defensively we looked very strong and in midfield we were aggressive.

“Matt got sent off in the second half for a rash tackle but he didn’t deserve a red card and now he’ll have to serve a suspension.”

A number of trialists who featured in midweek are set to be given another chance to impress in the Lincolnshire FA Senior Cup quarter-final at Boston United on Saturday.

Teenage right-back Sidnei Costa gave away the penalty at King’s Lynn but claimed an assist for Barraclough’s goal.

Former Leicester City youngster Sam Thorpe came on for Rees Longville-Daley who has returned from a spell in Croatia.

Tulips youngsters Jonny Lockie, Levi Butland and Jordan Heeley were handed opportunities to shine as part of the first-team squad.