Big test for Spalding in fight for survival

UP FOR IT: Action from Spalding's first win of the season at home to Saturday's opponents Nottingham Casuals who are currently nine points above Town.
UP FOR IT: Action from Spalding's first win of the season at home to Saturday's opponents Nottingham Casuals who are currently nine points above Town.
  • Midlands Two East (North) - Nottingham Casuals v Spalding
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Captain Sam Cooke feels confident that Spalding can find a cure for their travel sickness to boost the fight against relegation.

On Saturday they head to Nottingham Casuals who were beaten 26-22 at the Memorial Field three months ago.

Cooke admitted: “This is a critical game for us.

“We got our first win of the season against them so we can be quite confident about our chances of recording our first away victory on Saturday.

“At home it was a scrappy game but we took the win and that’s what we are striving for again.

“Obviously our away form has hindered us this season but the squad will be looking stronger this week.

“Last Saturday’s game was called off so that has also given us extra time for the lads who were carrying injuries.

“With eight games to go, we need to win all four at home in my opinion as well as one away to secure our position in this league next season.

“We’ve got to play Bakewell Mannerians away as well as some mid-table teams.

“We want to finish outside the bottom two and I believe we can move up three or four places before the end of the season.”

Spalding will be boosted by the return of Sior Williams, Harry Sharman and Jay Harwood on Saturday.