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Spalding bringing in quality after poor season so far

Spalding United have struggled this season, despite a lot of promise at the start of it with businessman Andrew Killingworth taking over the club.

After defeat in the Emirates FA Cup to Barton Town, the Tulips started their Pitching In Northern Premier League South East Division season with a bang, securing successive victories against Sutton Coldfield Town and Carlton Town.

But the good start then became a six-game losing run, which saw Lewis Thorogood step down as manager.

Peterborough United legend Gabriel Zakuani and Tulips’ defender Neal Spafford were made joint caretaker managers before it was announced that Zakuani would take on the role permanently, with Spafford as his assistant.

Zakuani’s appointment saw a host of new signings, including former Newcastle United and Swindon Town striker Nile Ranger.

It took a while for the new signings to gel with the rest of the squad, but the last game before lockdown saw an end to the losing run as Spalding drew 3-3 draw at Belper Town, with Ranger getting a debut goal.

Spalding’s chief executive Leigh Porter, one of those who persuaded Zakuani to take the job, is ecstatic with the impact he is having on the team.

Porter said: “Obviously when people see that Gabriel Zakuani has joined us as a manager, their ears prick up and I think you could see that by the reaction it produced on social media.

“The good thing for us is that he’s got plenty of experience at the top level and now he’s going to hopefully bring that to us and get us some points on the board.

“He’s also starting to bring in some quality players, such as Nile Ranger.

“The thing is, when people try to put us down for signing these players, and say that we’re just throwing money away, that’s not true as we want to be self-sustainable.

“It’s not long ago that we saw the likes of Rushden and Diamonds folding and we’re going to see it a lot more with clubs now.

“We’re definitely not the biggest spenders in the league and I think if some people had a look at our books, they’d be very surprised.”

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