FOOTBALL: Spalding United pass ‘test of character’

Celebrations after Jenk Acar put the Tulips ahead. Photos by Tim Wilson
Celebrations after Jenk Acar put the Tulips ahead. Photos by Tim Wilson

Dave Frecklington celebrated his first league win as Spalding United manager and promised better to come from the new-look squad.

Second-half goals by Jenk Acar and Bradley Wells earned three points at home to Carlton Town on Tuesday night.

Jenk Acar is congratulated

Jenk Acar is congratulated

The Millers had a penalty saved by Michael Duggan and both teams hit the crossbar but the Tulips took their tally to four points out of six in the opening week of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League campaign.

Frecklington said: “It was hard because we were disappointed by Saturday’s second-half performance.

“But the first half tonight was everything we wanted it to be again.

“We looked strong and that’s how we want to play by getting into good areas where the strikers can hurt teams.

We are not the finished article by far but the first home game was all about getting three points.

Dave Frecklington

“We just lacked a cutting edge in the first half. We should have gone 2-0 up.

“The second half was an issue again as we didn’t start well enough. We invited them onto us and gave away a penalty but it was a great save.

“We are not the finished article by far but the first home game was all about getting three points.

“We worked hard for the clean sheet and won the battles.

“In pre-season we tried to get the full-backs tucked in so we can hit teams down the sides.

“We defended well but I must give special mention to Matt Varley and Nathan Whitehead who are big and strong, they take no prisoners and they do the basics right.

“I thought Bradley Wells was outstanding up top with everything you want and a great finish.

“His all-round play was good, he won headers and he’s a natural finisher. It took me three years to get him!

“We are still missing Brad Barraclough, Jordan Lemon and Chris Hamilton but we want to get points on the board before they come back and it’s up to the other lads to keep them on the bench.

“It was a test of character. They never stopped working hard so I must give credit to Carlton but we should have won 3-0 as Tom Waumsley hit the bar at the end.

“It was a great ball from Jonny Lockie and we ask our substitutes to make an impact. They didn’t do that on Saturday but it’s a learning process for everybody.

“Having won our first home game, we can go into the FA Cup tie at Bury Town full of confidence.

“They are a good side at the same level so we’ve got to make sure we regroup and look to make progress.

“We got through a couple of rounds at Lincoln United last year so hopefully we can do that again here. It can help the budget and anything we earn could go to improving the squad.

“We’ve got Jordan Lemon back in the squad as his ban is finished so that’s a massive positive with his energy, pace and aggression.

“You have to come through the battles and earn the right to play. Tonight we managed to win the game.”