FOOTBALL: Spalding United’s game plan “not pretty but effective”

Last-minute celebrations for Spalding United. Photo by David Dawson
Last-minute celebrations for Spalding United. Photo by David Dawson

Dave Frecklington believes Spalding United’s tactics are “not pretty but effective”.

The Tulips manager’s plans paid off with a last-minute winner at Boston United in the Lincolnshire FA Senior Cup quarter-final.

Rees Longville-Daley – who came on as a substitute on the hour mark – poked home the only goal on Saturday.

Spalding’s reward is a semi-final tie at Stamford’s Zeeco Stadium on Saturday, August 6.

The first semi-final will be played on Saturday as Lincoln United face Lincoln City.

Frecklington said: “That performance showed everything we have worked on and set up to do from the first pre-season session.

It was a fantastic display all over the team. We wanted to come out of the game with credit and we got a lot more!

Dave Frecklington

“It might not be pretty – but it’s effective!

“We went to King’s Lynn Town last week and drew 1-1 against a good side.

“Then we took on a full-strength Boston side and picked up a fantastic result.

“We found a way to win the game. And that’s the way I like to play.

“We put our bodies on the line and the boys listened to what we are trying to tell them to do.

“We had three 18-year-olds and a 17-year-old out there on Saturday but the experienced players brought them through the game.

“In the second half Jonny Lockie gave the left-back a torrid time.

“It was a fantastic display all over the team. We wanted to come out of the game with credit and we got a lot more!

“It wouldn’t be easy to pick out a man of the match as the team performed so well and worked really hard.

“Rees came on and got the winner but I thought all the lads did well.

“We were missing Paul Walker and Chris Hamilton but we’ve already looked at a few trialists and we’d like to bring in one or two players.

“The result on Saturday has given a lift to everyone at the club.

“We’ll sit down, have a de-brief and see what we want to do next.

“The trialists came in and performed to a level which will give them massive confidence.”

Spalding are due back in action at Harrowby United on Tuesday night.