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Spalding United reveal pre-season schedule of friendly matches




Spalding manager Lewis Thorogood feels the pending return of competitive football has brought a 'real buzz' around the club.

The Football Association and Government gave the go-ahead at the weekend for competitive football to return again.

It means clubs can start full contact training with immediate effect while pre-season friendlies will be taking place from August.

Lewis Thorogood. (38830811)
Lewis Thorogood. (38830811)

Although the early games will be behind closed doors, a mandate has been submitted to the Government for approval which would allow crowds to attend by the end of next month.

The new Northern Premier League campaign has been given a provisional start date of Saturday, September 19, with the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup taking place on Tuesday, September 1.

Thorogood said: "It's great that things we have been thinking about and working on have now become a reality.

"There is a buzz around the club and everyone is wanting to push on to get it all moving. I'm quite excited to get going.

"It's a good time to be part of Spalding United at the moment. There's lot of exciting things going on in the background and this is a poignant step forward.

"We can start contact training from this week which will mean we can start looking properly at the triallists who are with us.

"We've got a good idea of when games are coming and we can now start planning for the season properly."

The Tulips are due to start their pre-season programme with a behind-closed-doors friendly against Southern League Premier Division side Peterborough Sports on Saturday, August 1.

Eight other pre-season matches are also in the pipeline which potentially could include a home friendly against a Doncaster Rovers XI towards the end of next month.

Spalding United will face Peterborough Sports in their opening pre-season friendly. (38830772)
Spalding United will face Peterborough Sports in their opening pre-season friendly. (38830772)

PRE-SEASON FRIENDLIES

Saturday, August 1: Peterborough Sports (H)

Thursday, August 6: Holwell Sports (A)

Saturday, August 8: Newark FC (A)

Friday, August 14: Pinchbeck United (neutral ground)

Wednesday, August 19: Horncastle Town (A)

Saturday, August 22: Boston Town (A - TBC)

Tuesday, August 25: Bourne Town (H - Lincs Free Press Trophy semi-final)

Saturday, August 29: Lincs Free Press Trophy final or third place play-off

TBA: Doncaster Rovers XI.

All fixtures are subject to change.


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