FOOTBALL: Spalding United aim to hit back

Jack Wightwick

Jack Wightwick

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Spalding United manager Dave Frecklington expects a tough test on Saturday as they look to bounce back from successive defeats.

The Tulips make the trip to Sheffield who moved out of the relegation zone with only their third league win of the season as they beat Basford United 3-0 in midweek.

Frecklington said: “I’ve only won there once and I’m expecting another tough game.

“Our unbeaten start has gone now so we need to hit back with a positive result on Saturday.

“Other results generally went our way on Tuesday as Gresley lost again and Witton Albion drew – although Shaw Lane won.”

Terry Fleming has joined Frecklington’s management team this week following the FA Trophy exit at Gresley and last weekend’s first league defeat at home to Leek Town.

Our unbeaten start has gone now so we need to hit back with a positive result on Saturday.

Dave Frecklington

Frecklington added: “He took our training session on Tuesday and the boys really enjoyed it.

“He brings experience and he knows this league. It’s very important that we cover every base in the squad.”

The Tulips are set to move Paul Walker to left-back as Charlie Gatter – a highly-rated first-year professional who signed on a youth loan from Burton Albion’s academy – comes in alongside skipper Nathan Stainfield.

Jack Wightwick has also arrived from Boston Town.

Frecklington added: “We tried to get him in the summer but it wasn’t the right timing for him and he wanted to be loyal to Boston.

“I’m delighted to bring him in and I expect him to hit the ground running.”

Nathan Whitehead is set to return after serving a one-match ban.

Chris Hamilton is close to being fit but Brad Barraclough and Neal Spafford are still on the sidelines.

Jason Field will be allowed to go out on loan, James Cullingworth was released, Rees Longville-Daley has joined Aylesbury United and Jonny Lockie will spend a month with Holbeach United.