VIDEO: Spalding United’s play-off bid almost over

Paul Walker on the attack for Spalding against Lincoln on Easter Monday. Photo by Tim Wilson
Paul Walker on the attack for Spalding against Lincoln on Easter Monday. Photo by Tim Wilson
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The promotion play-off dream has effectively ended for Spalding United.

The Tulips picked up just four points from five games during March to slip into mid-table in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South.

They remain 10 points behind fifth-placed Lincoln United with five matches to play.

The goalless draw at home to the Whites on Easter Monday means Spalding have only won once in nine fixtures – although they are unbeaten at home in 2016.

Boss Marcus Ebdon said: “I think our chance has gone now as we needed to pick up more points from those last few games.

“It’s going to be tough for us but it’s not mathematically impossible.

It’s going to be tough for us but it’s not mathematically impossible.

Marcus Ebdon

“There were a couple of games where we could have got three points when we were a bit unlucky or we just needed a bit of quality.

“You can’t beat a clean sheet but Monday’s game was a bit of a bore draw.

“We had a couple of half chances when we could have done better.

“The wind doesn’t help in games like that as it ruins football.

“We’ve had a few games like that here but there was nothing between the teams.”

On the man-of-the-match performance by Sam Murphy in Spalding’s defence, Ebdon added: “He did really well and looked very comfortable.

“We tried him at centre-half in a reserve game just a couple of weeks ago but he had played there previously at Peterborough Northern Star as well.”

Spalding face a tough test on Saturday away to second-placed Shaw Lane Aquaforce who are seven points off the top with three games in hand on Stafford Rangers.

The Tulips squad should be boosted by the return of striker Stuart Eason (ankle) and left-winger Jamie Thurlbourne (hamstring) who both missed Monday’s game.