FOOTBALL: Test for Duggan to keep place at Spalding United

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Dave Frecklington believes that the arrival of Sam Vince could help push Michael Duggan to a higher level.

The Spalding United boss already sees his number one among the top goalkeepers in the league.

But that hasn’t stopped him bringing former Boston United first-teamer Vince into the fold after he signed terms last week.

“Michael’s on contract and I feel he’s one of the best in the league,” Frecklington said, urging Vince to fight for that place between the sticks.

“But it’s no good having just one goalkeeper at the club.

“He needs to be tested, to earn his place in the team.”

Sam is a very promising young goalkeeper. He’s someone we want in the squad and someone we know can do a job.

Dave Frecklington

Vince had played under Frecklington at Lincoln United before moving to Manchester and turning out for Hyde United.

But now the youngster, the son of former Holbeach United title-winner Nigel, is back in the area.

“Sam is a very promising young goalkeeper,” added the manager.

“He’s someone we want in the squad and someone we know can do a job.

“You need two keepers in case one gets injured in the warm-up or in training, or for cup matches.”

Spalding have also signed defenders Jordan Lemon and Sidnei Costa.

Lemon, who previously played under Frecklington at Lincoln United, has moved from Stamford.

Frecklington took to Twitter to thank Daniels boss Graham Drury for not making the club wait seven days to make their approach.

Meanwhile, the Tulips won 7-0 at Peterborough Northern Star on Saturday.

Striker Brad Barraclough rested an ankle injury after the midweek game against Boston Town and central defender Neal Spafford was unavailable.

But player-coach Chris Hamilton made his first appearance of pre-season.

On-loan Lincoln City winger Andy Wright opened the scoring and Paul Walker doubled the Tulips’ lead from the spot.

Tom Waumsley missed a penalty when going for his hat-trick and Sam Downey also hit a second-half double.

Nathan Whitehead completed the scoring with a 25-yard free-kick.