FOOTBALL: Spalding United named club of the month

Jordan Lemon on defensive duty at Chasetown on Saturday. Photos by David Birt
Jordan Lemon on defensive duty at Chasetown on Saturday. Photos by David Birt
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Spalding United boss Dave Frecklington has praised “a fantastic achievement” in their unbeaten start to the league season.

The Tulips took their record to seven wins and three draws – staying on top of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South – with 
Saturday’s 1-1 stalemate at Chasetown.

Spalding have been named the division’s club of the month.

Frecklington said: “I’m absolutely delighted that we have won the league’s award for August and September. It’s a fantastic achievement by the players, management and the club as a whole.

“When we took over in the summer, it was always going to be tough to get the group together and how we want to play.

“So full credit to everyone who has really bought into what we want to do here.

Sam Downey in action for Spalding United on Saturday

Sam Downey in action for Spalding United on Saturday

“The first 10 league games have been a magnificent effort and I’m really pleased.

“If you want to be in the top five for automatic promotion or the play-offs then you need to average two points per game. If you get above that, you will be challenging for the title.

“A quarter of the season has gone and we break it down into those 10-game blocks as we try to get 20 points.

“We’re now on 24 so we want the same again in the next 10 games to stay in the mix at the halfway stage.

We’re now on 24 points so we want the same again in the next 10 games to stay in the mix at the halfway stage.

Dave Frecklington

“Chasetown is renowned as a tough place to play due to the slope on the pitch and the fact they have got six players who won the league last term with Stafford Rangers.

“Everybody wants to be the first team to beat us and we have to deal with that as the league leaders.

“We were under the cosh for long periods on Saturday but it was important to see how we reacted following the equaliser. We dug in, fought and scrapped for every ball to take away a point.”

Meanwhile, Frecklington is still hoping to strengthen Spalding’s squad – although transfer target Sam Mulready moved from Stamford to St Neots Town.

Striker Brad Barraclough is ruled out for at least six more weeks with a torn ligament in his foot.