Head coach Ben Williams admits that Spalding’s squad need to rediscover their belief to win games.
The first home game of the Midlands Two East (North) season is against Dronfield on Saturday.
Spalding kicked off with a 36-14 defeat at Coalville last weekend for a familiar feeling after relegation.
Williams said: “It took us 40 minutes to start playing and you can’t afford to do that.
“A slow start cost us but we also have that mental problem from hammerings last season.
“Some of the players are still finding it hard. They need to believe in themselves again. I believe they are good enough otherwise I wouldn’t coach them.
“I’m quite confident over Saturday’s home game and we’ve got a lot of exciting young players in the side.
“We need to start the game properly. Maybe being at home will help as the adrenaline is running a bit faster than normally.
“We certainly know we need to start playing before half-time.”
Midlands Two East (North): Ashbourne v Bakewell Mannerians, Nottingham Casuals v Market Bosworth, Southwell v Mansfield, Spalding v Dronfield, Stamford v Coalville, West Bridgford v Melbourne.
Midlands Four East (South): Birstall v Bedford Swifts, Sileby Town v Northampton Men’s Own, Stamford College Old Boys v Deepings, Thorney v Brackley, Wellingborough Old Grammarians v Bourne.