Tulips eye play-offs as Ebdon’s men look to Drayton battle

Dan Lawlor, Dan Banister and Jake Newman celebrate Spalding Utd's 5-3 win over Carlton Town.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Dan Lawlor, Dan Banister and Jake Newman celebrate Spalding Utd's 5-3 win over Carlton Town. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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Tulips’ boss Marcus Ebdon has set his sights on the play-offs as his side prepares to take on two top-five rivals in the next week.

Spalding United host fifth-placed Market Drayton Town on Saturday before visiting leaders Stafford Rangers the week after.

We’ll be going for two wins in these next games because we always go out to win

Spalding United manager Marcus Ebdon

The games will provide a good test of their credentials after a four-game winning run was ended with a battling 1-1 draw at Rugby Town at the weekend.

Ebdon, who took over only last month, said: “Automatic promotion is looking a bit ambitious at the moment but we can certainly finish in the play-off positions this season.

“It’s about the performances at the moment rather than the results.

“We’ll be going for two wins in these next games because we always go out to win.

“But I will be happy with four points from the two matches.”

The manager was pleased with his team’s efforts at Rugby in driving rain and wind.

Paul Walker had given the Tulips the lead only for the hosts to level matters in the second half.

Walker converted Adam Jackson’s cross before Callum Powell’s equaliser.

The result keeps United nicely placed in fifth spot in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division 1 South table.

Ebdon said: “I was happy with a point because Rugby are not a bad side.

“Our energy levels were not as high as they have been after a tough game on Tuesday and the pitch was not in the best condition.

“And they are a decent side who have come on leaps and bounds in recent weeks.”

He added: ““Paul Walker did really well for us – he scored one and could have scored another,” said Ebdon.

“The back four were good and Dan Banister had a decent game in midfield.

“But it was a good team performance from us.”

Mitch Griffiths came off with a tight hamstring at Rugby and is the only injury doubt for the Market Drayton match.