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Spalding United and Pinchbeck United target return to winning ways

Bouncebackability will be top of the agenda for both Spalding United and Pinchbeck on Saturday.

The duo go into their respective league matches looking to make amends for below-par performances last weekend.

Spalding travel to Shepshed Dynamo in the Northern Premier League Midlands Division having lost their first home game of the season last Saturday.

Tulips boss Gabriel Zakuani.
Tulips boss Gabriel Zakuani.

The Tulips turned in a disappointing display in their 2-1 home loss to Cambridge City, and manager Gabriel Zakuani wants to see an improvement against their 12th-placed Leicestershire hosts.

He said: “I was very disappointed with the performance on Saturday. It was nowhere near the levels that I expect.

“We have had a tough week of training so that we can get things back up and running.”

Pinchbeck go into their home United Counties League Premier Division North match with Melton Town having been the victims of an FA Vase upset at the weekend.

The Knights were beaten 2-1 by lower level Graham Street Prims, and manager Lewis Thorogood is eager for his side to regain their momentum in the league - where they are unbeaten in four games.

He commented: “We have regrouped and gone back to basics after last week and are looking ahead to the league game.

Jordan Neil in action for Pinchbeck on Friday night.
Jordan Neil in action for Pinchbeck on Friday night.

“We have got good league form at the moment but there is still work to be done on that.”

Holbeach United are also at home as they seek their first United Counties League Premier Division North win of the season against an unbeaten Heather St Johns side.

The Tigers have failed to score in their last four games and will host a Heather side who have taken 17 points from seven matches this term.

Boss Phil Barnes said: “Heather are going well, but we’ve got to try and impose ourselves on the game.

“We need to get close to them and not show them any respect.

“Hopefully the tide will turn because you have to go into every game by being positive and wanting to win it.”

Jack Keeble (51768170)
Jack Keeble (51768170)

The Tigers will be boosted by the inclusion of Jack Keeble, who has signed on dual registration with Wisbech.

Deeping Rangers start a hectic month by hosting Newark in the first of two meetings in three weeks between the two sides.

They meet at the Haydon Whitham Stadium on Saturday in a league match before Rangers make the trip to Nottinghamshire in the first round of the FA Vase on October 23.

The two games against Newark are among eight matches for the Clarets this month as they also face Sleaford Town twice in the league and Lincolnshire Senior Trophy.

Home matches against Quorn and Anstey Nomads are also on the agenda, along with trips to league newcomers Heanor and Long Eaton.

Boss Daniel French said: “We have got a busy October so we’ve had a free week this week to train.

“We should have 18 or 19 players available now which we will need going into the next month.

“We won’t know what to expect from 75 per cent of the teams in the division this season so it’s more a case of us knowing what we can do, especially at home, and then hopefully we will be okay.”

Bourne are in Division One action on Saturday when they travel to Pinchbeck’s FA Vase conquerors Graham Street Prims.

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