Gregg set for Tulips debut

Alex Simmons hits the post against Sutton Coldfield
Alex Simmons hits the post against Sutton Coldfield
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Gregg Smith is set to give a big boost to Spalding United’s push for promotion.

The striker – who signed from King’s Lynn Town over the weekend – will be named in the squad for Tuesday night’s trip to rock-bottom Brigg Town in the Evo-Stik League First Division South.

Smith’s arrival follows the transfer of Matty Nolan from Holbeach United to make a match-winning debut at home to league leaders Sutton Coldfield Town on Saturday.

Nolan got the only goal on 74 minutes as Spalding closed the gap in the race for a top-five finish.

Tulips boss Pat Rayment said: “We’ve been looking for a presence up front and Gregg will be with us tonight.

“Matty gave us that on Saturday but next weekend he will start a three-match ban.

“Gregg will frighten centre-halves and I’m sure he will score goals.

“I know he comes with baggage because he gets bookings and sometimes they are deserved.

“Gary Setchell (King’s Lynn manager) is sorry to lose him but we have a good relationship and we need Gregg.

“Brigg’s record has got to be ignored. We need to do the right things and Saturday’s win can give us a platform.”

Left-back Adam Jackson continues to serve a ban while centre-half Nathan Stainfield may be rested due to a knee injury.

Spalding ended a run of four successive defeats with Saturday’s victory over Sutton Coldfield.

Rayment said: “Plain and simple we deserved to win the game and we should have been ahead at half-time.

“We came under a bit of pressure but Nolan came in and made a difference with Jack McGovern able to get forward which we know is his strength.

“It was never going to be a spectacle on that pitch and it’s not fair asking people to pay to watch it.

“I’m really pleased with the win after having a mini blip.

“We didn’t play well against Tividale or Mickleover Sports but we should have won at Stamford and I thought we turned the corner with the cup game at Ilkeston last week.

“Hopefully we can get on an unbeaten run again.

“Sutton Coldfield have stayed up there at the top all season and that takes a lot of doing with the pressure to keep going.

“This league is not easy. We are going to see a lot of twists and turns.

“We needed that win and I don’t think anyone could argue with the result.”