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FOOTBALL: We'll meet again - league rivals face each other in FA Trophy

Action from last week's 2-2 draw between Spalding United and Carlton Town last week.
Action from last week's 2-2 draw between Spalding United and Carlton Town last week.

Spalding United take a break from their search for a league win by facing Carlton Town for the second successive home game.

The Tulips shared four goals with the Millers at the Sir Halley Stewart Field last week in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League East Division.

Spalding were 2-0 down after half an hour but Alfa Jalo pulled one back and Jack Brownell levelled with five minutes left.

They meet again with Carlton in the Buildbase FA Trophy preliminary round where the winners collect £3,000 from the prize fund.

Tulips manager Matt Easton said: "We learned from last week's game that we can compete with them by creating chances and staying solid.

"Everything seems to be in place, particularly with the three-man midfield, and we look good going forward.

"Ben Davison makes a big difference alongside Brownell and Kegan Everington.

"The FA Trophy is a big competition and it would be nice to get through a few rounds.

"This is a big game and it doesn't really matter whether we are playing in the league or cup because we need to get a win. Results are not coming, even though the performances are getting better."

Alfa Jalo
Alfa Jalo

Spalding conceded two late goals to lose 2-1 at Frickley Athletic in the league last weekend following Luke White's opener.

Easton reflected: "In the first half, we missed three one-on-one chances and had two efforts cleared off the line as well as probably three more opportunities.

"We just need to be more ruthless - simple as that.

"It was poor defending from a corner for Frickley's equaliser then the winner came from a cross where the ball bounced around.

"Overall, I couldn't fault the effort and endeavour. We just need that elusive win."

Central defender Neal Spafford could be available on Saturday despite being forced off at Frickley with a knee injury.

Brownell is less likely to recover from a hamstring problem following treatment at last night's training session.

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