FOOTBALL: ‘Good day out’ for Spalding United

Chris Rawlinson
Chris Rawlinson
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A four-goal burst before half-time provided another big boost to Spalding United’s play-off hopes.

Bradley Wells, Jordan Lemon, Nathan Whitehead and Jenk Acar were all on target as the Tulips thrashed Leek Town 4-0 on Saturday.

They have a seven-point gap over Newcastle Town in fourth place with seven games to go in the regular campaign.

Third spot would mean a home semi-final – but Tulips boss Chris Rawlinson is not getting carried away.

He described the weekend win as “pleasing” and “a good day out” before switching the focus to the next game at Stocksbridge Park Steels.

Rawlinson said: “Wells has now got 25 goals this season but he only had a couple in the previous 10 games and he had been given chances like that when he was clean through.

Maybe the other teams will battle it out among themselves for play-off places. But it’s not over yet – not at all until it’s mathematically certain that we will finish in the top five.

Chris Rawlinson

“We asked him to do a job up front on his own and his all-round play was superb.

“He set up Lemon’s goal and also won the second-half penalty which the goalkeeper saved from Lee Beeson.

“Of course, we were really pleased with the first-half performance by going 4-0 up.

“We asked the lads to be professional in the second half and they stuck to the task.

“It was still edgy because we had to concentrate when Leek put us under pressure.

“We had a challenge with the way we set up to keep a clean sheet with our shape, primarily because we didn’t want to get beaten.

“We showed people we are not going to be a pushover.

“Maybe the other teams will battle it out among themselves for play-off places.

“But it’s not over yet – not at all until it’s mathematically certain that we will finish in the top five.

“We’ve got another tough game at Stocksbridge Park Steels next week and I know this group of players will keep going.

“We ae getting to the stage of the season where we have a few ‘walking wounded’ so the whole squad will need to play a massive part.

“We didn’t need to take a risk by bringing on Leon Mettam but Acar was 50-50, Kern Miller has a groin strain and Nathan Stainfield twisted an ankle in training.”