Spalding United manager Marcus Ebdon is set to go Christmas shopping for reinforcements to his squad after stretching their unbeaten league run to six matches.
A 1-0 win over Market Drayton Town at Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field failed to do justice to the vice-like grip the Tulips had on the game, limiting their opponents to just two chances, both from free-kicks.
But Jake Newman’s 11th goal for Spalding eased the nerves of Ebdon and assistant-manager Danny Hussey who will now look to make additions to their paper-thin squad.
Ebdon said: “We are going to have suspensions to Josh Moreman (sent off against Market Drayton on Saturday) and Jake Newman who is suspended for three games from Saturday.
“So we are looking to get people in and, fingers crossed, that will happen.”
Anyone who does join the high-flying Tulips will find a squad who are “enjoying their football”, according to Ebdon who has so far proved the Spalding board right in handing him and Hussey the job of steering their team into the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League’s First Division South promotion play-off pack.
We’ve always been enjoying our football, but we’re getting the results now after letting loose and it was better to score late on against Drayton.Jake Newman
“The lads have got a bit of confidence in them and they are enjoying their football which is what it’s all about really,” Ebdon added.
“If you’re enjoying your football, it gives you confidence and wins do that as well.”
Meanwhile, Newman was in no doubt that the win was fully deserved after seeing Spalding create the lion’s share of the chances.
Newman said: “We missed a few chances but managed to get the goal in the end so it was a good three points.
“We’ve always been enjoying our football, but we’re getting the results now after letting loose and it was better to score late on against Drayton.
“All the boys thought we were in for a tough second half but we played very well against the wind.”
Spalding have a full week to prepare for the trip to runaway league leaders Stafford Rangers on Saturday.