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FOOTBALL: Captains lead by example at Tulips

George Zuerner and Lewis Brownhill earned plenty of praise after leading Spalding United to their fourth league win of the season.

They were both on target in Tuesday’s 2-1 home victory over Cleethorpes Town.

Tulips boss Matt Easton said: “They shouldn’t have played due to injuries.

Lewis Brownhill leads out the Tulips
Lewis Brownhill leads out the Tulips

“Lewis leads the team brilliantly and we’ll miss him for the next six weeks during his post with the RAF.

“I can’t speak highly enough of him because he has changed the culture of the changing room.

“After watching him a couple of times in pre-season, I had a feeling that we needed to make him team captain.

George Zuerner
George Zuerner

“George has also been fantastic as our club captain and he has a say in team selection.

“I believe Cleethorpes will finish in the top three and they looked better than us.

“But we dug in without playing as many passes as we’ve done in the last couple of games.

“The lads organised themselves on the pitch, swapped things around and took responsibility.

“As a group, they are doing better than we could have expected with an injury list which keeps getting longer. We keep picking up points so we must be doing something right.

“When we went down to 10 men, we still needed to have a threat going forward.

“It wasn’t the first time Scott Floyd has picked a pass like that and it was a great finish from Lewis.

“We’ve got no complaints over the red card and some-times Ben Greenwood is going to get bookings from that role in front of the back four.

“I would expect him to make the same decision again because if he doesn’t make a challenge, our defence is under more pressure.”

Zuerner could be forced to miss Saturday’s trip to mid-table Chasetown after playing through the pain barrier in recent games.

Defender Neal Spafford could be ruled out for “a few months” due to an injury which forced him off. Josh Spencer returned to the squad despite not being fully fit.

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