SPALDING United and Deeping Rangers made good progress in the build-up to the season with wins on Saturday.
The Tulips grabbed a 1-0 result at Eastern Counties League Premier Division side Dereham Town. And Deeping beat Barwell 2-1, leaving Rangers manager Tuncay Korkmaz pleased at their first run-out.
Tulips player/coach Danny Hussey admitted the squad didn’t click in the first half but half-time changes – including a switch to 4-4-2 formation – had the desired effect.
The only goal came on 70 minutes, Franny Green racing down the right and crossing for captain Lee Canoville to power home a header.
Hussey surmised: “We were much better in the second half and deserved the win.”
It spells good news for the Tulips who still have Jacob Joyce (tight hamstring) and fellow striker Shane Tolley to come in. Danny Steadman, who featured again, has been offered terms.
Tonight (7.45pm) the Tulips host Wisbech Town – who gave King’s Lynn Town a 4-1 thrashing on Saturday.
Meanwhile, at Outgang Road, Kev Gilbert grabbed a first-half winner for Deeping.
Korkmaz said: “It was nice to get back playing and for this stage of the season I was very happy with what I saw.
“Defensively we looked good and offensively we could have created more chances but it’s promising.
“It was good to see us fare well against higher grade opposition too.”
Korkmaz ran the rule over Harry Deane, who reportedly had a signing on form ripped up at Holbeach United.
Korkmaz says Deane had agreed early in June to spend pre-season at Deeping.
Meanwhile, the Tigers will trial players in the friendly at Eynesbury Rovers tonight.
Boss John Chand is still wanting an experienced ball-playing central midfielder.
He’s also monitoring the situation at Boston Town with ex-Premier League striker Julian Joachim, who made one previous appearance for the Tigers two seasons ago.