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Spalding United travel to face Ilkeston Town in the Northern Premier League Midlands Division

Manager Gabriel Zakuani doesn’t want Spalding’s big FA Cup clash this weekend to distract his side in their next league outing.

The Tulips are due to host National League North side Kettering Town at the Sir Halley Stewart ground on Saturday in a second qualifying round cup tie.

However, before the eagerly-awaited match, Spalding are in Northern Premier League Midlands Division action tonight (Tuesday) when they travel to face Ilkeston Town.

Spalding manager Gabriel Zakuani. (51210187)
Spalding manager Gabriel Zakuani. (51210187)

Zakuani’s side are currently on a six-match unbeaten run following Saturday’s 1-1 away draw at Sutton Coldfield, and the Tulips boss is keen for his side to maintain their momentum against the seventh-placed Robins.

Zakuani said: “I always take it a game at a time and the next one is the most important so we will be focussing everything on tonight’s game.

“The FA Cup tie is a good one and should bring a big crowd so there is a lot of buzz about it, but it will only be on the final whistle when we start focussing on that match.

“We want to take every competition as serious as possible this season. I want to win every single game, even friendlies, and it’s that mentality that I want the players to have as well.”

Deeping Rangers are also playing tonight (Tuesday) when they host Leicester Nirvana in the United Counties League.

The Clarets are aiming for a third successive home win against a Nirvana side who they have already beaten in an FA Cup replay at the Haydon Whitham Stadium this season.

Boss Daniel French said: “It was always our target to get wins from this run of matches so it’s pleasing to have ticked two of them off.

“It will be a very similar to the FA Vase match against Holwell at the weekend. Nirvana might be bottom of the table, but it isn’t automatic that we turn up and will be better than them.

“We know that we have to play to get a result but I don’t think we could be in a better position going into it.”

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