SPORT TALK: Early signs are predictable but positive

Spalding United
Spalding United
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This season is already shaping up how we would have expected when the action kicked off.

We haven’t even got to that stage when we write the half-term report yet but everything is pretty much as predicted.

Sitting quite nicely in fourth place, Spalding United look very capable of building on that to put together another challenge for promotion.

Certainly the appointment of Marcus Ebdon as manager is proving to be a popular choice.

There were some mixed feelings when the Tulips missed out on a play-off place at the end of last term.

They had thrown away a huge opportunity for a top-five finish.

But there were doubts over whether it was the right time for Spalding to go up again.

As a club, they were not ready to compete at a higher level.

We will have to find out whether the takeover last summer means the Tulips are in a position to move into the Premier Division.

On and off the pitch, there seems to be plenty of progress.

Ultimately, though, it all comes down to budgets and attracting bigger crowds would obviously help the club to grow.

The management team and players can’t do much more as they are winning games, working hard and giving entertainment as well.

Before the start of the season I’m sure a lot of people would have tipped both Holbeach United and Deeping Rangers to be around the top six in the United Counties League Premier Division.

It would be a surprise if they didn’t maintain those challenges.

Again you would have to question whether the clubs are ready to step up to the next level.

The biggest surprise so far this term was probably the change of management at Bourne Town but I still expect them to be a mid-table Division One side.