FOOTBALL: Spalding United boss staying positive

Bradley Wells scored his 13th league goal of the season
Bradley Wells scored his 13th league goal of the season

Boss Dave Frecklington has called for a reality check as Spalding United aim to find their form again.

The Tulips are third in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League’s First Division South after losing 3-2 at home to Stocksbridge Park Steels on Saturday.

A third home defeat has extended Spalding’s poor run of results since an unbeaten start to the season.

Frecklington said: “Everybody needs to take stock and look at what this new group has brought to the club.

“In just a few months, we have achieved the highest-ever league position and won at grounds where Spalding have never won before.

“We haven’t been outside the top three all season so, while other people might be thinking this is a massive slip-up, I’d suggest this is just a bit of a blip.

I can’t fault the work-rate and effort put in. Everyone put in a real shift on Saturday but we got punished for errors. You can’t get away with those.

Dave Frecklington

“I would have been a little bit concerned if we had lost with our strongest team on Saturday.

“But we had five players missing and, unfortunately, individual errors are really costing us at the moment.

“Every club gets injuries and suspensions but I like to work with a smaller squad which means those coming into the team will need to prove a point.

“I can’t fault the work-rate and effort put in. Everyone put in a real shift on Saturday but we got punished for errors. You can’t get away with those.

“Our recent record looks worse because of the start we made. Some people had been getting carried away, thinking we would keep winning.

“The manner of our home defeat against 10-man AFC Rushden & Diamonds has affected the group.

“Other clubs have closed the gap but we are still in a good position.”

Nathan Whitehead will be available for Saturday’s trip to Basford United and Nathan Stainfield may also return.