TULIPS: Aiming to bounce back

Missing: Shaun Baker is out of Spalding's weekend clash with Wellingborough.
Missing: Shaun Baker is out of Spalding's weekend clash with Wellingborough.

REELING Spalding United will be glad to see Wellingborough Town rock up to the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field on Saturday.

Its not that the Doughboys are a poor side, but Andy Stanhope and his charges still harbour fond memories of the game that turned their season around.

Having failed to win any of their first six competitive games at the start of the new campaign, a 1-0 return from their trip to the Dog and Duck on September 3 helped spark them into life.

A run of four wins and a draw followed, but the Tulips once again meet Wellingborough with their confidence at rock bottom thanks to last Saturday’s 5-1 tonking at Newport Pagnell.

And Stanhope admits that his fourth-placed side can’t afford to lose again if they want to keep pace at the right end of the table.

He said: “I want to see a reaction from the lads and I’m confident we can bounce back.

“Wellingborough are a good side, but they haven’t been in the best of form since we beat them.

“The games come around quickly and we did well last time we played them. I’m sure we can get a result, but it’s important we don’t lose back-to-back games.”

In direct contrast to Spalding, Wellingborough have won just once in five games since losing to them at the start of the month.

They had aced all four of their UCL Premier Division games before that.

Defender Shaun Baker is the Tulips’ only absentee for the clash, which gets under way at the Sir Halley Stewart at 3pm.

Meanwhile, Stanhope has confirmed Spalding’s interest in signing St Neots Town winger Dan Jacob.

The future of the former Deeping Rangers and Yaxley wideman, who won the UCL Premier Division with the Saints last season, seemed uncertain after a fall-out with the Evo-Stik Division One Central side.

It was reported on St Neots’ official website that Jacob’s contract had been cancelled, but they are now insisting that he is still a member of the squad.

King’s Lynn Town and Holbeach United had also been credited with an interest in the attacker, but Spalding hoped he’d plump for them.

Stanhope said: “As far as I know, he’s still under contract and there’s no real movement with regard to us signing him.

“A few of our players are good friends with him and I heard that he was available, so we made an inquiry.

“Obviously he’s a really good player and would improve the team. I’m always interested in players that would make us better.”

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