FOOTBALL: Spalding United set to face ‘unknown quantity’

Spalding skipper Nathan Stainfield
Spalding skipper Nathan Stainfield
  • Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South - Bedworth United v Spalding United
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Spalding United boss Dave Frecklington feels 3G pitches give “an unfair advantage” to home teams.

The Tulips will start the league season on an artificial surface at Bedworth United’s The Oval ground on Saturday.

The Greenbacks suffered relegation last term and then got switched to the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League.

Frecklington admits they will be “an unknown quantity” as he hopes to end a personal record of losing every opening-day game as a manager.

He said: “It’s just a case of making sure we turn up and put in a good shift. If we do that, we know we will be 
a handful for most teams.

“But if we don’t then we are going to be bang average and I won’t accept that here at all.

Spalding lost at Stamford last weekend in the Lincolnshire FA Senior Cup semi-final

Spalding lost at Stamford last weekend in the Lincolnshire FA Senior Cup semi-final

“We are confident that we have a good group of players when everybody is fit and raring to go.

“You probably won’t see the best of us until September or October as we are a new squad.

“We haven’t hit the heights in pre-season but we’ve got a few fresh faces to come in.

“While we are starting to gel, we need to try to pick up points because you don’t want to be down the pack with lots of work to do.

While we are starting to gel, we need to try to pick up points because you don’t want to be down the pack with lots of work to do.

Dave Frecklington

“Playing on a 3G pitch does make it more difficult for us on Saturday and I think it’s an unfair advantage to Bedworth, Basford United and Romulus in our league.

“They train on the pitch and it gives them an edge for sure.

“But it’s a game of football where we have to work harder than the opposition.”

Brad Barraclough (bruised foot) and Andy Wright (groin) are both rated doubtful while Jordan Lemon is suspended.

Paul Walker (right) on defensive duty

Paul Walker (right) on defensive duty

Spalding are also waiting on international clearance to add Rees Longville-Daley after a spell in Croatia.