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FOOTBALL: 'There is no rush but the club have received quite a few applications'

Matt Easton (right) was named caretaker manager following last weekend's departure of Chris Rawlinson
Matt Easton (right) was named caretaker manager following last weekend's departure of Chris Rawlinson

Caretaker manager Matt Easton expects to stay in charge of Spalding United on Saturday.

The Tulips are looking for their first league win of the season against Pickering Town.

They have failed to pick up maximum points at the Sir Halley Stewart Field in 2018.

However, Easton was happy with a positive performance in Tuesday's 2-2 draw at Loughborough Dynamo.

Spalding briefly led twice in the second half through Jordan Lemon and Ben Davison.

A fourth draw in five games keeps them above Pickering on goal difference in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League East Division.

Easton stepped up from his role as assistant manager after the departure of boss Chris Rawlinson last weekend.

Asked if he expects to take charge again on Saturday, Easton replied 'probably, yes' - but he remains unsure over what happens next.

He said: "I have just been asked to be caretaker manager until it's sorted.

"I'm not expecting the club to get a manager in place for Saturday.

"There is no rush but the club have received quite a few applications.

"We need to go through the process. We'll get Saturday's game out of the way and then take it from there.

"I haven't given it a great deal of thought because I spent so much time planning for Tuesday.

"I'll have a chat with the board of directors at some stage before the weekend.

"I know how it works in football so if a new manager comes in, I'm sure he will bring in his own people.

"I'll carry on until I'm told otherwise but it was a small step forward on Tuesday after a few changes."

The caretaker boss was supported by director of football Bob Don-Duncan and development manager Lewis Thorogood on Tuesday night at Loughborough Dynamo.

Easton changed the system and brought back Danny Brooks, Scott Floyd, Luke White and Jordan Neil into the Tulips' line-up.

He added: "I was pleased with the way we dealt with the changes.

"We tried to get the ball down and in patches we looked pretty good. At other times, we were a bit ragged.

"It takes a while for those changes to become natural and we will need to plug a few gaps along the way.

"It was never going to happen perfectly in the first game.

"But we couldn't have asked for any more in terms of quality and work-rate.

"We led twice but they had a couple of chances at the end. We're happy with a draw and it was a positive reaction.

"Since the gaffer (Rawlinson) left at the weekend, all the players have been in touch because they were close.

"We asked them to go out there and get something from Tuesday's game."

Easton expects to have Neal Spafford and Conor Marshall available again on Saturday. Leon Mettam will complete a three-match ban.

Meanwhile, Spalding's under-23 development squad head to Ruston Sports in the Balcan Lighting Supplies Lincolnshire League.

Thorogood said: "They are last season's champions but I don't think they are as strong as they were.

"After an indifferent start, this is probably the best time to play them.

"We've had a week off after a tough start when we lost the first three games. We've got to take everything on board and learn from those defeats.

"It's a difficult game but we will have a full-strength squad, subject to those players who are involved with the first team."

The under-18s face Lincoln United in the Steve Asher Memorial Charity Cup preliminary round at Knight Street, Pinchbeck, on Sunday.

Thorogood said: "They are a very well-established youth set-up.

"We are years behind everybody else so we have to establish ourselves. It will take time as we are looking at the long-term picture.

"The squad is much stronger and this is a great opportunity to hit back from the disappointment of going out of the FA Youth Cup last week."

Last weekend's trip to Gainsborough Trinity was called off in the Lincolnshire Intermediate League.

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