FOOTBALL: More attacking options for Spalding United

Chris Rawlinson
Chris Rawlinson
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Boss Chris Rawlinson has promised a more positive approach by Spalding United tonight.

They face a trip to promotion play-off rivals AFC Rushden & Diamonds who are three places and four points behind the Tulips with two games in hand.

The attacking options are boosted by the return of Leon Mettam, Jonny Lockie and Conor Higginson who all missed the 3-1 defeat at Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South leaders Shaw Lane on Saturday.

Rawlinson, who took charge of the Tulips for the first time, said: “I thought the first half was even but their top scorer got the goal and we had to change our system.

“In both penalty areas we could have done better.

“Their number four (Steve Istead) had a lot of the ball in our home defeat to Shaw Lane so we tried to stop him this time.

Jenk Acar on the attack at Shaw Lane (Credit Arthur Haigh-WhiteRosePhotos)

Jenk Acar on the attack at Shaw Lane (Credit Arthur Haigh-WhiteRosePhotos)

“But having gone 1-0 down, we needed to become more offensive in the second half.

“We had a go for the first 20 minutes of the second half, we equalised and they were on the back foot.

“For some reason, we went backwards again at 1-1 when we needed to be offensive.

“We didn’t clear our lines well enough and we didn’t pick up the second balls.

If we don’t start picking up points against these other sides then we’ll have serious problems.

Chris Rawlinson

“To put the game into some context, though, Shaw Lane are by far the best team we have played this season and I think they will win the title comfortably.”

Looking ahead to tonight’s game at Wellingborough’s Dog & Duck, Rawlinson said: “We should have beaten them at home and we played well in the cup tie over there only three weeks ago.

“But we haven’t managed to win any of those games with teams around us.

“If we don’t start picking up points against these other sides then we’ll have serious problems.

“We have to make sure we go out there looking to win the game. We have a lot of options and we can go for it. We must move forward from Saturday’s defeat and take the game to them tonight.”

Matt Varley will complete a two-match ban but Jack Wightwick has left the club.