Home   Sport   Article

FOOTBALL: ‘It’s time to kick on now’

Spalding United
Spalding United

Chris Rawlinson believes Spalding United can get the play-off challenge back on track before the midway stage of the season.

The Tulips have slipped into mid-table in the Evo-Stik South after two successive defeats.

But this weekend’s home game against Sheffield marks the start of a key spell for boss Rawlinson and his squad.

He explained: “We’ve only played three teams in the bottom half of the table and won two of those games.

“We flattered to deceive in the defeat at Market Drayton Town when, based on form and league position, three points should have put us into joint third.

“We’ve now got a run of games coming up with six out of eight teams below us.

We’ve only played three teams in the bottom half of the table and won two of those games.
Chris Rawlinson

“We need to capitalize on the fixture list so my message to the players will be ‘it’s time to kick on now’.

“I’m not saying that we are going to win all of those games. But if we win five and draw a couple then we will be back on target to put the points total in the mid-30s from 20 games.

“Everyone is beating each other so 70 points should be enough for a play-off place at the end of the season.

“If we don’t capitalize on this spell and our points total is in the 20s then we will be a bang average mid-table side.

“We are not making any excuses or looking for them.

“Although we lost at home to Basford United, we were massively encouraged by the performance.

“We had 10 per cent more possession and 10 more shots, although not many on target.

“We need to cut out these individual errors and take our chances.”

Rawlinson saw Sheffield’s 3-0 home defeat to Frickley Athletic in the Buildbase FA Trophy last Saturday.

Spalding had exemption from the preliminary round and they will make the trip to Chasetown in the first qualifying round on October 28. Last weekend Chasetown beat Market Drayton Town 2-0.


Iliffe Media does not moderate comments. Please click here for our house rules.

People who post abusive comments about other users or those featured in articles will be banned.

Thank you. Your comment has been received and will appear on the site shortly.


Terms of Comments

We do not actively moderate, monitor or edit contributions to the reader comments but we may intervene and take such action as we think necessary, please click here for our house rules.

If you have any concerns over the contents on our site, please either register those concerns using the report abuse button, contact us here.

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies - Learn More