Spalding United boss expects big test on derby day against Stamford
The new dawn at Spalding United begins on the pitch with a derby date.
The mid-table Tulips take on sixth-placed Stamford in the BetVictor Northern Premier League South East Division at the Sir Halley Stewart Field on Saturday.
Manager Matt Easton said: “They are a really good side and Graham Drury always gets them well organised.
“I’m sure they will be competing at the top of the table – certainly for the play-offs, if not going for the title.
“Stamford are free-scoring and very solid defensively with players on the bench who would get into most starting line-ups in our league.
“It shows how strong they are but we are playing at home and we can feel confident.”
Last weekend’s rearranged trip to Frickley Athletic was called off due to a waterlogged pitch along with every other fixture in the division.
Spalding have signed former Grantham Town forward Kevin Bastos from Ilkeston Town.
Easton said: “He is a wide attacker who will give us more pace running in behind and another option.
“He is very direct and should be fun to watch!”
Central defender Josh Spencer is ruled out but captain Lewis Brownhill returns.
Easton added: “It’s a major bonus having him back.
“He gives us energy in the middle of the park and something a little bit different.
“We lost the spine of the team when we were without Neal Spafford, Brownhill and Jamie Jackson.”