FOOTBALL: Focus on promotion for Spalding United

Chris Rawlinson
Chris Rawlinson
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Chris Rawlinson is keeping his focus on the next game – but he admits it would be a ‘travesty’ for Spalding United to throw away a play-off spot.

The Tulips boss believes a top-five finish should only be seen as an achievement if they get out of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League’s First Division South.

They are currently in third spot with 10 games to go and a 10-point gap from sixth-placed AFC Rushden & Diamonds.

A home victory against Witton Albion on Saturday would put Spalding level on points with the Cheshire club who are aiming to stay in the championship race.

Rawlinson said: “This is the first game between us after last week’s postponement so we are not coming into it on the back of a win, draw or loss.

“We might have to change our philosophy and play a more expansive game.

It’s up to us now to ensure we get a play-off place. Right now, it would be a travesty if we didn’t get in. But we have to take one game at a time.

Chris Rawlinson

“However, Witton are the sort of side who will pick you off and take chances if it’s too open.

“Their ratio of goals per chances is very high so we have to be mindful of that.

“We know Witton are a good side. We are at home and we have to use that to our advantage.

“During the past week since we played, Newcastle Town, Leek Town and AFC Rushden & Diamonds have dropped points. There is a huge gap, though I won’t call it a cushion as that sounds more comfortable.

“It’s up to us now to ensure we get a play-off place. Right now, it would be a travesty if we didn’t get in. But we have to take one game at a time.

“It would be criminal to throw it away from this position with the players we have got and the investment which people have put into the club.

“Last year we seemed to think it was a big achievement at Lincoln United when we got into the play-offs from where we had come from.

“This season, Spalding’s achievement must be getting promoted.”