FOOTBALL: Four-point advantage for Spalding United

Game over and three more points for Spalding United last night. Photos by Tim Wilson
Game over and three more points for Spalding United last night. Photos by Tim Wilson

Spalding United are aiming to extend their unbeaten league record into double figures on Saturday.

They are guaranteed top spot in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South whatever the result at mid-table Chasetown.

The Tulips opened up a four-point advantage thanks to Tuesday’s 3-1 home win over bottom-of-the-table Rugby Town as well as defeats for second-placed Shaw Lane and Newcastle Town who are third.

Boss Dave Frecklington said: “We should be looking at nine victories but we’ve had a great start with seven wins and two draws.

“We want to win the title – there is no point turning up if you don’t want to win the league.

“We’ve set up right from the start to see how far we can go.

Sam Downey on the attack

Sam Downey on the attack

“We have a three-year plan to challenge and hopefully we can do it in year one.

“A lot of teams will be trying to stop us but the start to this season has given us a chance.”

Spalding needed late goals from top scorer Bradley Wells and substitute Rees Longville-Daley to earn the midweek win as Rugby striker Jake Woolley cancelled out Jenk Acar’s opener.

Frecklington added: “Again we dominated the game from start to finish.

We have a three-year plan to challenge and hopefully we can do it in year one.

Dave Frecklington

“We had to be patient but credit to Rugby who set up to get a draw from minute one.

“We are still not killing teams off. We are creating a lot of chances and missing them.

“We are letting teams off the hook but we changed our shape to 3-5-2 at the end and went on to win it.

“Rees needs more games but we brought him off the bench and what a finish!

Celebrations for Spalding United

Celebrations for Spalding United

“Bradley got another goal and I thought everyone did well.

“We want to play like that by getting the ball into good areas in the final third.

“I thought at times we played quite well but teams are setting themselves up now to try to stop us. So we’ve got to be clever and cuter. It’s all about winning these games.

“We know Chasetown are a good side who also won on Tuesday.

“They have got half of the Stafford Rangers team which won the championship last season.

“So I’d be happy to take away a point on Saturday and if we get all three that would be brilliant!”

Matt Varley returns from suspension on Saturday but Neal Spafford is banned.

Meanwhile, transfer target Sam Mulready has joined St Neots Town from Stamford who were unhappy when Spalding put in a seven-day approach.