FOOTBALL: Wasted trip for Spalding United

Chris Rawlinson won his first home game as Spalding manager
Chris Rawlinson won his first home game as Spalding manager
  • Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South
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The final countdown for Spalding United’s play-off challenge has been delayed.

The Tulips go into the last 10 games of the regular season in third spot following Witton Albion’s midweek win.

But on Tuesday night they had a wasted trip to seventh-placed Leek Town who are currently 12 points behind with three matches in hand.

The match was given the go-ahead in mid-afternon after a pitch inspection.

However, heavy rain meant the match was called off an hour before kick-off as players and officials had already arrived at Harrison Park.

Victory would have put Chris Rawlinson’s side level on points with Shaw Lane at the top of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South.

Weather permitting, Spalding are due back in action at second-placed Witton on Saturday.

They will be without defender Neal Spafford who starts a three-match ban for his third red card this term.

Central midfielder Nathan Whitehead, who was not available for Saturday’s 3-0 home victory over Sheffield, is suspended for two games.

Goals from Leon Mettam, Bradley Wells and Conor Higginson secured three points in Rawlinson’s first home match as Spalding boss.

He added: “I was pleased with how we played.

“Last Tuesday night (away to AFC Rushden & Diamonds) was all about commitment and desire.

“At the weekend, it was a concentrated performance. I thought if we kept our shape then the goals would come.

“We’ve got that little bit of quality up front and once we got the first goal, I was feeling confident.

“We are very lucky to have Leon because of what went on at his previous club (King’s Lynn Town). We’ve got him for nine weeks and we’ll make the most of him.

“Bradley claimed the last touch for the second goal and Conor wanted to come on to score against his former club. He’ll play a big part for us.”

TBA: Leek Town (A)

Saturday: Witton Albion (A)

March 11: Witton Albion (H)

March 18: Belper Town (H)

March 25: Basford United (H)

April 1: Stocksbridge PS (A)

April 8: Kidsgrove Athletic (A)

April 15: Bedworth United (H)

April 17: Lincoln United (A)

April 22: Northwich Victoria (H)