FOOTBALL: Fight to stay up will go down to Tulips' final games
Spalding United’s battle against relegation will be settled over three matches at the end of this season.
The Tulips would drop into the bottom two if Carlton Town win their extra
fixture at Loughborough Dynamo on Tuesday night.
Matt Easton’s side are below Wisbech Town on goals scored and only four points above Gresley at the foot of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League East Division.
Spalding face a 340-mile round trip to Marske United on Saturday before the final home game against play-off contenders Brighouse Town on Easter Monday.
The campaign ends away to Belper Town on April 27.
The Tulips have only picked up two points from seven games following another defeat at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field on Saturday.
They conceded twice in the opening 10 minutes against Loughborough Dynamo.
Assistant manager Lewis Thorogood admitted: “The first 25 minutes were horrendous.
“We deserved to be 2-0 down and, let’s be honest, it could have been more.
“The players needed to show a bit of pride and self-belief in the second half.
“We had more desire going forward and when we put passages of play together, it didn’t look too bad.
“But the players didn’t look interested at the start of the game and that’s not acceptable.
“We told them at half-time that if they want relegation on their footballing CV then they should keep playing like that.
“They need to step up for the next three games which won’t be easy.
“Marske is a difficult place to go and a long trip at Easter.
“We picked up a couple of injuries over the weekend as well.
“We want support from as many people here as we can get on Easter Monday because we will need those three points.”