Tulips aim to ‘put it right’

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Spalding United will be eager to avenge their ignominious FA Vase exit earlier this season when they visit Gresley on Saturday.

While the Tulips are flying high in the Evo Stik NPL First Division South, currently lying in third place, they will not underestimate the task ahead when they again face 15th placed Gresley.

They will be well aware of their opponents’ attacking flair after being beaten 4-1 in the FA Vase at Gresley’s Moat ground on October 8, with former Holbeach United and Stamford AFC striker Courtney Meade scoring a hat-trick.

It is a result that still hurts, and Spalding will see Saturday’s encounter as the perfect opportunity to make amends for what they saw as a ‘bad day at the office’.

Tulips’ boss Dave Frecklington said: “Gresley beat us convincingly in the FA Vase and we want to put that right this time.

“We didn’t feel we did ourselves justice in that game, but this time we should have our full squad available for the first time this season, which is a major boost.

“When we have everyone fit and available we are a match for anyone at this level.

“But we know Saturday’s game is going to be tough. Gresley are perhaps the best attacking side we have come across all season. They can score goals and are always a threat, but they can also concede them, so we have to defend well and be patient.”

When the two sides met in the league at the Sir Halley Stewart Field on September 24 they shared the points, with that match ending in a 2-2 draw.

However, after a disappointing November, the Tulips have got their season back on track with successive 3-0 wins, so will be going into Saturday’s return encounter with renewed confidence.

Another good result will see the side go into a tricky festive programme with some optimism as they aim to strengthen their position in the division’s top three.