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FOOTBALL: Rawlinson calls for response to home loss

Tom Siddons
Tom Siddons

Spalding United have a point to prove, according to boss Chris Rawlinson.

The Tulips head to Kidsgrove Athletic on Saturday just six weeks since a 3-1 home defeat.

Newly-appointed skipper Gary King was sent off on his birthday – but he will be back from a three-match ban for the trip to Staffordshire.

Spalding are one point above Kidsgrove following six games without a win in 2018.

Rawlinson said: “We need to end this away record of seven defeats in a row.

“We could get ourselves safe from relegation with five home games to come.

We were poor in the home game against Kidsgrove and not really up to the task in terms of our shape.
Chris Rawlinson

“But we have eight away matches and the run must end soon.

“We were poor in the home game against Kidsgrove and not really up to the task in terms of our shape.

“We made it quite easy for them so the players will have a point to prove this time.”

Conor Marshall is likely to be back in the squad but Paul Walker is a fitness doubt.

Tom Siddons completes a loan spell from King’s Lynn Town before returning for the Norfolk club’s promotion play-off challenge.

Meanwhile, Spalding’s under-21s will play the final four fixtures of their title challenge inside a two-week spell.

The Tulips are unbeaten on top of the Lincolnshire FA Under-21 Development League’s south section.

The home game against Newark Town on Tuesday was called off and could not be rearranged for Thursday as proposed.

Spalding face Grantham Town (March 22), Harrowby United (March 26) and Newark (March 28) at the Sir Halley Stewart Field before the trip to Boston United (April 3).


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