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FOOTBALL: Spalding United must stop prolific pair

Chris Rawlinson
Chris Rawlinson

Two home games this week will offer an opportunity for Spalding United to move closer to mid-table safety.

The Tulips face fourth-placed Frickley Athletic tonight then Belper Town make the trip to the Sir Halley Stewart Field on Saturday.

Boss Chris Rawlinson said: “We can look forward to these games with confidence.

“But we know it will be very tough this evening as Frickley have a strikeforce with more goals this season than our whole squad has managed.

“We must be at our best to keep them quiet but they have more threats than Jacob Hazel and Gav Allott.

“There is no reason why we can’t get three wins in just over a week which would take us to 41 points with 10 games left.

Frickley have a strikeforce with more goals this season than our whole squad has managed.
Chris Rawlinson

“When we are safe, we can look towards next season. We want to finish as high as we can – realistically that means 10th or 11th.”

Spalding secured their first win of 2018 as Danny Brooks’ free-kick proved enough away to Kidsgrove Athletic on Saturday – despite another red card for Gary King.

Rawlinson added: “This result gives us something to build on towards the end of the season.

“We played really well and bossed the game, even when we went down to 10 men.

“We created more chances and probably should have won 2-0 or 3-0.

“Of course, Kidsgrove put us under more pressure after the sending-off.

“But our goalkeeper Michael Duggan stepped up again for a clean sheet.

“Ben Davison took over as our captain on Saturday but we knew Kidsgrove would target King when he came on.

“They clattered him two or three times and I don’t know why the centre-half was not sent off for an awful tackle on the halfway line.

“King retaliated by kicking his heels and he knows that was stupid.

“We need him up front but he will be banned again. He’s our top scorer and nobody else is even close to his tally.

“I’ll need to make a decision over the captaincy as well.”

King is expected to serve a two-match suspension starting on Saturday.

Neal Spafford (groin) and Jonny Lockie (hamstring) are fitness doubts.

Paul Walker could be fit for next week’s trip to Gresley.

Tom Siddons has returned to King’s Lynn Town following a one-month loan.


Alvechurch v Gresley, Cleethorpes v Corby, Leek v Bedworth, Peterborough Sports v Loughborough Dynamo, Spalding v Frickley.


Carlton v Stocksbridge Park Steels, Kidsgrove v Belper, Lincoln v Sheffield.


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