FOOTBALL: Four more to fill Spalding United squad

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Dave Frecklington wants four signings over the next week to finalise Spalding United’s new-look squad.

The Tulips’ transfer targets are a defender, attacking midfielder, winger and central midfielder.

Frecklington is hoping to fill those positions in time for the first home pre-season game against Boston Town on Wednesday night.

After the match, Spalding will also make decisions over trialists and youngsters who have been involved so far this summer.

Frecklington said: “We are talking to players and we are looking to get them signed over the next week.

“Hopefully we will have a full-strength squad for the first home game.

We felt euphoric after a great result at Boston and no matter how we tried to get them up, it wasn’t happening on Tuesday night.

Dave Frecklington

“I’d like to finalise the squad after Wednesday with three more games following that to get ready for the first league fixture.”

Some players will be back in the squad for Saturday’s trip to Yaxley after missing the 1-0 midweek win at Harrowby United.

However, Frecklington admitted he was not happy with the performance just a few days after the Lincolnshire FA Senior Cup quarter-final victory at Boston United.

He said: “To be honest, it was a case of ‘after the Lord Mayor’s Show’.

“We were without Jason Field, Jonny Lockie, Paul Walker and Chris Hamilton so it was a chance to look at trialists again.

“We looked a bit disjointed on a red-hot night.

“We felt euphoric after a great result at Boston and no matter how we tried to get them up, it wasn’t happening on Tuesday night.

“The spine of our team is consistent through Michael Duggan, Nathan Stainfield, Neal Spafford, Matt Varley, Nathan Whitehead, Brad Barraclough and Tom Waumsley.

“They give the same kind of commitment in every game but outside of that group, we just weren’t good enough at Harrowby.

“The trialists and young lads need to step up and be a lot better than that.

“The Evo-Stik Northern Premier is a tough league and you can’t turn up against a top team but then fail to show that type of commitment in the next game.

“It was a great learning curve on Tuesday when we got a lot of lessons.

“There were positives as well with another clean sheet and another win.

“We scored from a set-piece which we’ve worked on as Varley’s long throw-in was headed in by Whitehead. It’s going to be a massive weapon for us this season.”