FOOTBALL: Spalding United aim for cup upset

Dave Frecklington
Dave Frecklington
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Spalding United are planning to cause a cup upset in boss Dave Frecklington’s first competitive game in charge.

The Tulips head to Boston United on Saturday (3pm) in the Lincolnshire FA Senior Cup quarter-final.

We will need to frustrate them and try to hit them on the counter-attack.

Dave Frecklington

After one pre-season friendly – the 1-1 draw away to King’s Lynn Town on Tuesday night – Spalding take on last season’s Vanarama National League North play-off semi-finalists.

Frecklington said: “This should be a walkover – but games are not played on paper.

“We’ll set up with a plan to try to be aggressive and get a foothold in the game.

“We will need to frustrate them and try to hit them on the counter-attack.

“That’s the way I’d like to play but coming away from Boston with a good result is going to be a massive task.

“They have a new squad and I’m sure they will want to put things right after a 3-0 home defeat against Lincoln City in midweek.

“Dennis Greene is finding out what he has got and we’re in the same position here.

“We’ve got a really good starting XI but we are still looking to strengthen the squad with a bit of quality.

“Every time you pull on the shirt you want to win the game, whether it’s pre-season or the 50th match.”

Spalding player-coach Chris Hamilton is set to miss out again because of work commitments.

Right-back Paul Walker faces another check on his quad muscle strain.

Striker Charley Sanders has joined Yaxley.

Frecklington added: “He was unable to commit so he moved on. We wish him all the best.”

Only the Main Stand will be open at the Jakemans Stadium on Saturday.

Admission costs £6 (adult), £3 (concession) and £1 (under-16).

The winners will be away to Stamford who beat Grimsby Town 2-1 at the Zeeco Stadium on Wednesday night.

In the other semi-final, Lincoln City will go to Lincoln United or Gainsborough Trinity who play on Saturday.

The date and venue for the final will be agreed when the teams are known.