FOOTBALL: Mind the gap! Spalding United looking to move closer to league leaders

Former Boston Town midfielder Jack Wightwick is unavailable
Former Boston Town midfielder Jack Wightwick is unavailable
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Spalding United have a chance to move within touching distance of the league leaders on Saturday.

The Tulips are four points behind Shaw Lane with two games in hand.

With the Barnsley-based side on FA Trophy duty this weekend, Spalding can close the gap at the top of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South table.

However, manager Dave Frecklington expects a tough test as they take an unbeaten away league record to eighth-placed Romulus.

He feels the Roms have “a massive advantage” playing on Sutton Coldfield Town’s artificial pitch at Coles Lane.

Frecklington said: “I’m dead against these pitches.

This is a tough test for us but it’s a game in hand on the leaders so it’s important to take at least one point.

Dave Frecklington

“We trained on a similar surface last week but that’s irrelevent really unless you play on it every time.

“You can call me an old man but as a traditionalist I want to play football on the natural green stuff.

“We have to get on with it and we know Romulus are a good side.

“They always have a 4-3-3 or 4-5-1 system with pace in good areas and they have got some experienced players.

“This is a tough test for us but it’s a game in hand on the leaders so it’s important to take at least one point.”

Frecklington is hoping for a repeat of last weekend’s performance at Sheffield which produced a 4-0 win following their first league defeat and the FA Trophy exit.

But the Tulips will have to make at least one change as new signing Jack Wightwick is unavailable on Saturday.

Spalding’s player-coach Chris Hamilton could be handed his league debut after fitness problems.

Frecklington added: “That allows somebody to come into the team and there is a place up for grabs.

“We played so well with a 4-1-4-1 formation at Sheffield but I would prefer to set up as 4-4-2 all day long.

“Players being available will dictate the system but we are flexible and we can be adaptable. Every time we have matched the opposition, we have won the game.”