FOOTBALL: Spalding United can’t afford to relax

DOUBLE CENTURY: Spalding goalkeeper Michael Duggan is congratulated on his 200th appearance by director of football Bob Don-Duncan (left) and chairman Andrew Gay before last weekend's home game against Belper Town.
DOUBLE CENTURY: Spalding goalkeeper Michael Duggan is congratulated on his 200th appearance by director of football Bob Don-Duncan (left) and chairman Andrew Gay before last weekend's home game against Belper Town.
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Chris Rawlinson remains determined not to look too far ahead as Spalding United set their sights on the play-offs.

Going into the final month of the regular season, the Tulips sit in third spot in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South.

But Rawlinson is keeping his focus on Saturday’s trip to Leek Town, knowing that an away win or draw would make it more unlikely for the 
Staffordshire side to catch them.

The Spalding boss said: “We had reports on Leek before the postponed fixture last month so I feel pretty confident about knowing the strengths and weaknesses.

“We can’t lose this game. A win would be wonderful but a draw would make it really difficult for them.

“At the moment, we can sit back and watch other teams dropping points.

Until a play-off place is signed, sealed and delivered we are just looking at the next game.

Chris Rawlinson

“But it’s all about ourselves and making sure that we don’t lose at Leek.

“With a fully-fit squad and our best starting XI, we know we are not far away from the top two teams Shaw Lane and Witton Albion.

“If you win, you don’t tend to look at the league table. If you lose, you check it every two minutes!

“It’s very difficult not to look too far ahead. But that’s the worst thing to do because you can’t relax and feel over-confident.

“Until a play-off place is signed, sealed and delivered we are just looking at the next game.

“We’re in a wonderful position going into the final four weeks with eight games to play.

“We have 20 league wins and we must make sure that we don’t blow our chances.

“Our mentality must be right to ensure we are not one of those teams who miss out.

“Since losing at Shaw Lane, we have got nine points from four games so we need seven from the next four to stay on target for 80 points which should be enough to finish in third place.

“We have stayed up there all season and we want to set up that semi-final which will be a massive occasion for the people of Spalding. But we’ll take it one step at a time.”