FOOTBALL: Spalding United need ‘decent December’ after ‘nightmare November’

Nathan Whitehead and Charlie Gatter had key roles last weekend
Nathan Whitehead and Charlie Gatter had key roles last weekend
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The strike partnership of Bradley Wells and Brad Barraclough looks set to be a key factor in Spalding United’s promotion prospects during the second half of the season.

Following a foot injury, Barraclough finally made his league debut for the Tulips as a substitute in last weekend’s 3-0 win away to Loughborough Dynamo where Wells struck twice.

Barraclough is ready for his home league debut against Market Drayton Town.

Boss Dave Frecklington said: “Wells has been pulling his leg with a bit of banter so far this season.

“He tells Barraclough that he came as a big signing but he will need 20 goals in the second half of the season just to overtake him!

“Having both of them fully fit could be the difference between us finishing eighth or inside the top five.

Having Barraclough on the pitch for the final stages last Saturday gave a massive lift to everybody here.

Dave Frecklington

“If they had been together, we would probably be much closer to challenging Shaw Lane at the top of the table.

“We would have won more games with that extra bit of quality.

“Having Barraclough on the pitch for the final stages last Saturday gave a massive lift to everybody here.

“We’ve had ‘nightmare November’ but we’re back to winning ways and we want to make it ‘decent December’.

“We are close to having a full-strength squad now for an important run of games.”

Frecklington is hoping to extend the loan deal of Burton Albion youngster Charlie Gatter after next week’s trip to Gresley.

The Tulips boss added: “He’s a very gifted modern-day centre-half who can bring the ball out and use both feet.

“Due to his physicality, mobility and full-time fitness, I felt he could do a job for us in midfield last week. That allowed Nathan Whitehead to get forward and it’s pleasing as a manager when those decisions come off.”