Spalding United look to close the gap

Spalding United
Spalding United
  • Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South - Spalding United v Rugby Town (Saturday 3pm)

Spalding United’s unbeaten home record in 2016 faces a big test against in-form Rugby Town on Saturday.

They are locked together on 47 points – six away from the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South’s promotion play-off pack.

Our home form has been good and hopefully, after his hat-trick in the previous game, Tom Waumsley can continue to convert chances.

Marcus Ebdon

Only the top two teams – Stafford Rangers and Coalville Town – have picked up more points at home this season than the Tulips’ tally of 10 wins and a draw from 16 matches at the Sir Halley Stewart Field.

Boss Marcus Ebdon said: “We are level on points with Rugby with 13 wins and eight draws so it certainly promises to be a close contest.

“It was a tight game at their place when we drew 1-1 so it seems we are evenly-matched teams.

“Rugby’s squad has changed a little bit since then but not hugely and they have been on a good run of form.

“We need to go on a spell ourselves to close the gap.

“We were gutted to have a blank Saturday because we were on a high from the 4-0 home win over Goole and we wanted to play again.

“Our home form has been good and hopefully, after his hat-trick in the previous game, Tom Waumsley can continue to convert chances.”

Striker Stuart Eason faces a fitness test on his ankle and defender Neal Spafford was forced to miss Tuesday night’s training session because of illness.

Meanwhile, the trip to Carlton Town – postponed last weekend due to a waterlogged pitch – has been rearranged for Wednesday, March 23.