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FOOTBALL: Spalding United boss feels ready to hit back

Spalding United are looking to end another losing run at Sheffield on Saturday.

The Tulips slipped to 18th in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League East Division following a blank weekend.

A hat-trick of defeats have left Matt Easton's side only outside the relegation zone on goal difference.

Matt Easton
Matt Easton

Spalding are the division's lowest scorers with only four league wins during the first half of the campaign.

Sixth-placed Sheffield were beaten 2-1 at the Sir Halley Stewart Field in late October for the Tulips' first home league victory of 2018.

Easton said: "They are going well with a couple of forwards around the top of the goalscoring charts.

"Sheffield are a good side at home but we need to go there and look after ourselves.

"Defeats can get blown out of all proportion, especially against other teams down the bottom of the league.

"We lost at home to Wisbech Town on New Year's Day but, putting the performance into context, that was one bad half of football in a period of six weeks.

"My job is all about getting the lads ready and giving them the best chance without panicking over 45 minutes.

"We told them that they need to get their heads down and work hard.

"We had a training session on Saturday where everybody worked hard then all the players went out in Nottingham as we didn't have a fixture.

"There is nothing we can do about other results but a couple of teams got draws so I wasn't too fussed overall.

"Everyone turned up for a 9am start when it might have been easy to make excuses.

"Our physiotherapist Richard Storey put on fitness session that was really tough. The players got on with it and put in the graft.

"If they are willing to do that now, it bodes well for the future."

Neal Spafford celebrates the home win over Sheffield
Neal Spafford celebrates the home win over Sheffield

Easton expects to select from a full-strength squad this weekend as Neal Spafford and Scott Floyd are available again.

He added: "There will be a couple of decisions to make in terms of leaving out players because we won't take a squad of 16 up there.

"It was a blow that Spafford was missing against Wisbech because he adds experience at centre-half and covers other people better than anyone else."

Last night's scheduled trip to Brigg Town in the Lincolnshire FA Under-21 Development League was called off due to injury problems.

The Tulips are due to face Cleethorpes Town at the Sir Halley Stewart Field on January 30.


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