‘We don’t want to be the whipping boys’

Action from Spalding's defeat to Ilkeston
Action from Spalding's defeat to Ilkeston

Captain Harry Sharman is determined for Spalding to avoid being known as “the whipping boys” in Midlands One East this season.

They are at the bottom of the table after five defeats but picked up a bonus point in last weekend’s game with Ilkeston.

However, Spalding face a tough trip on Saturday to take on leaders Kettering who already have five wins.

Sharman said: “It’s a bit of a shame after our best performance so far this season that we now have our toughest game away to the leaders.

“We’re under no illusions that it’s going to be difficult.

“But we don’t want to be known as the whipping boys who just expect to lose every week.

“There is always a chance of victory in sport and we will be giving 100 per cent.

“We had a few players back last weekend which helped and hopefully we can start to pick the same side without any injuries.

“We were pleased to come away with a bonus point and when we analysed the game we were disappointed not to get our first win.”

Saturday’s fixtures

Midlands One East: Derby v Bugbrooke, Huntingdon & District v Belgrave, Ilkeston v Bedford Athletic, Kettering v Spalding, Mansfield v Paviors, Market Rasen & Louth v Old Northamptonians, Newark v Syston.

Midlands Four East (South): Brackley v Bourne, Corby v Bedford Swifts, Deepings v Thorney, Old Newtonians v Sileby Town.