Richards joins ranks at Tulips to improve defensive options for boss Easton
Spalding United have added another central defender to their squad.
Manager Matt Easton thought his business for the summer was complete and had no intention of signing any further players.
However, left-sided centre-half Ben Richards caught his eye during the Tulips’ 4-0 win at Harrowby United last week.
The 21-year-old was with Leicestershire Senior League Premier Division Cottesmore AFC last season and also went on trial with Harrowby.
Easton made an approach and Richards featured in last Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Cleethorpes Town in the Lincolnshire Senior Trophy quarter-finals.
“Probably three of the back four last Saturday won’t be what we start the season with, but Ben came in and did very well,” said Easton.
“I saw him in our game at Harrowby and did a bit of digging.
"I found out that he wasn’t committed to anyone and was told that no one would stand in his way.
“Ben wants to make the step up and he’s a good, young lad with a great attitude - just what we’re looking for.”
Easton now has a 17-man squad at his disposal and is looking forward to cementing his formation before the BetVictor Northern Premier League opener on Saturday, August 17, when the Tulips travel to Sutton Coldfield Town.
This Saturday, their pre-season schedule comes to a conclusion with fans able to see them for the first time at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field.
BetVictor Southern League side Corby Town are the visitors (note kick-off time 1pm).
Likely to feature for The Steelmen is former Holbeach United midfielder Jake Duffy, signed from Stamford this summer.
Easton said: “It will be a good test for us. I want to see us support the front men a little bit quicker than we did at Cleethorpes.
“But on the whole I was happy with how we performed.”
A goal from skipper Alex Flett two minutes from time ended the Tulips’ interest in the competition. A short time earlier Lewis Brownhill had cancelled out Cleethorpes’ opener from the penalty spot by Scott Vernon.
“They were better than us and we expected that but we also expected a bigger gap,” said Easton.
The Tulips will train twice next week ahead of that league opener in the West Midlands. First home match is on Tuesday, August 20 against Loughborough Dynamo
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