FOOTBALL: ‘We can’t carry on this losing run’
After two months without a win and seven successive defeats, Spalding United head to third-placed Corby Town on Saturday.
The signs were much more promising when the Tulips beat the Steelmen in the first home game of the season.
Gary King scored against one of his former clubs and Matt Varley doubled the lead before Ollie Brown-Hill got a late reply.
After maximum points from two games, Spalding’s perfect start was ruined by an early exit from the FA Cup and two heavy defeats over the August bank holiday weekend.
Having recovered from those setbacks, the Tulips were forced to reduced their budget and they have failed to pick up a point since the 2-1 win at bottom-of-the-table Romulus in late October.
Substitute Visan-Vasile Cretu grabbed the only goal of last Saturday’s game away to Romulus as Corby claimed their 10th victory from 13 games in the Evo-Stik South since Steve Kinniburgh took caretaker-charge following the dismissal of ex-Tulips midfielder David Bell.
It’s a tough place to go but why can’t we beat them? We have not been hammered or outplayed even during this run of defeats.
Spalding manager Chris Rawlinson also made the trip to Sutton Coldfield following the postponement of the Tulips’ home game against Stocksbridge Park Steels due to a frozen pitch.
He said: “Corby looked well organised and they play a certain way with a couple of exciting wingers.
“It always looked likely that they would win by the odd goal but watching the game gave us a few pointers about what we can do against them.
“They have good players plus options off the bench.
“Although they have played more games, Corby deserve to be in that position.
“It’s a tough place to go but why can’t we beat them? We have not been hammered or outplayed even during this run of defeats.
“We must keep working hard and show belief that we can go on a run of positive results.
“We can’t expect to win every game but we know that we are good enough to beat anyone in this league.
“Not long ago, Corby were around the bottom of the table and we’ll go there this weekend knowing we can’t carry on this losing run.”
Saturday’s game at Steel Park is followed by the Boxing Day derby at home to Peterborough Sports.
Spalding are likely to have a full-strength squad but they could add a couple of young signings on work experience loans from Lincoln City over the festive period.