FOOTBALL: Frecklington’s target to keep Spalding United on track

Dave Frecklington
Dave Frecklington

Dave Frecklington has set his sights on a winning run to get Spalding United’s campaign back on track.

The Tulips boss wants to go into the second half of the season on top form following a dismal spell of one point from five games in November.

A single strike at Basford United on Saturday afternoon sent Spalding crashing to a third successive defeat in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South.

They remain in third spot but missed a chance to close the gap at the top of the table.

Frecklington declared: “We’ve got to win the next four games now to keep a chance of staying where we want to be.

“We’ve got a points total in mind for the halfway stage but we need to win all our games.

We are glad to get rid of November! We’re going into a new month and we want to take out all our frustrations on Loughborough Dynamo next Saturday.

Dave Frecklington

“This season we’ve lost five games by the odd goal. So it’s not a case of getting beaten 4-0 every week and being torn to pieces.

“We are glad to get rid of November! We’re going into a new month and we want to take out all our frustrations on Loughborough Dynamo next Saturday.”

Despite another defeat, Frecklington was full of praise for Spalding’s performance at Basford who scored with their only shot on target.

The manager added: “We were excellent. The game plan was top drawer coming to a team who had only lost once at home.

“We set up to frustrate them but, unfortunately, one lapse in concentration cost us.

“I thought it was a poor punch by Michael Duggan when he should have caught the ball.

“In my view, he has got to make a better decision in that situation.

“But overall I thought we were outstanding from 1 to 11. The work-rate, desire and commitment was everything you want in an away performance.

“Football can be a cruel game but we are just having one of those spells.

“We wanted to hit them on the counter-attack and we did that brilliantly in the first half.

“Their keeper made a great save and losing that game is hard to take because I couldn’t be prouder of the lads.

“We are getting punished for every mistake right now.

“Everyone worked so hard for 90 minutes with sheer graft so coming away with nothing means we are devastated.

“We didn’t deserve to lose but now we must prepare for the next game.

“We’ve got the spine of the team back on the pitch with the return of Neal Spafford, Nathan Stainfield and Nathan Whitehead.

“It was great to have Brad Barraclough on the bench as he came through the warm-up.

“Charlie Gatter played with a broken nose and we’ve had other injuries so you can’t fault the commitment.

“Hopefully next week we can bring in another striker and we should get the deal done for Adam Jackson from Holbeach United as well.

“We don’t want to release any players but there may be casualties as others come back to fitness.

“We need a bigger squad with more options.”

Meanwhile, Spalding have been drawn away to Rushall Olympic in the Integro Cup second round. The tie is due to be played on Tuesday, January 10.

The home league game scheduled for Tuesday, December 6, is off because Belper Town are on county cup duty.