TULIPS: Spalding set to Field a fresh face

Debut: Jason Field
Debut: Jason Field
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Spalding United v Greenwood Meadows (Saturday, 3pm): JASON Field may not be the only Tulips debutant in this Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field FA Vase clash.

Signed on an initial one-month dual registration deal from Boston United, the left-sided teenager goes straight into the Spalding squad as they bid to register a first win since October 1.

Boss Andy Stanhope has held talks with at least one other player and is still trying to persuade former skipper Andy Toyne to rejoin the club too.

But Spalding’s interest in Norwich United’s Kieran Doherty is dead, after the midfielder made no effort to discuss terms with the club.

Bidding to bounce back from last Saturday’s 4-0 thrashing at Thrapston Town, ‘Stan’ admits he’ll be shuffling his pack.

He said: “The FA Vase is a good competition and we want to do well.

“I think I’m going to try a few people in different positions and see how it works, hopefully it’ll shake things up a bit.

“It was nice to get a training session under our belts on Tuesday, we’ve played so many games lately and haven’t had much time for it.

“To be honest I know very little about Greenwood. But they’ve beaten a few teams to get this far, so they can’t be too bad.

“We’ve got a few players out, but we’ll just have to deal with it.”

Those certainly missing the tie are Jammal Shahin (unavailable), Josh Ford (injured) and the suspended Liam Hook. Striker Simon Mowbray is also rated doubtful with a foot injury.

Stanhope could be forgiven for knowing little about Saturday’s opposition.

They are the lowest scorers in East Midlands Counties League Premier Division with seven goals in nine games and currently find themselves in the bottom two of the standings.

Meadows did manage to beat Graham St Prims 2-1 in the last league outing though, while they dumped out UCL Premier Division outfit Sleaford Town – who drew 3-3 with the Tulips earlier this month – 2-0 in the last round.

Spalding, on the other hand, have failed to win any of their previous four outings and have struggled against the so-called ‘smaller teams’ this season.