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Spalding United manager Lewis Thorogood hails hard-working ethics of his squad

Tulips boss Lewis Thorogood believes there will be a feeling of unity in his Spalding squad for the coming campaign.

Thorogood has made three new signings with the acquisitions of Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson, Jamie Goddard and Ryan Flitton for the Northern Premier League South East Division season.

Goalkeeper Alex Smith has also re-signed for the Tulips along with Tobias Liversidge, Elliott Burrell and Scott Floyd from last season’s squad.

Jamie Goddard (centre).
Jamie Goddard (centre).

The signings fit the billing that Thorogood is looking for in his first full season at the managerial helm at the Sir Halley Stewart ground.

He said: “I’m really pleased with how my squad is coming together.

“It’s going to be a young squad, although not as young as it was towards the end of last season.

“A lot of the players coming in have got experience at step four or higher.

“It’s going to be a hard-working squad who want to play football and want to do well and achieve.

“We are all going to pull together and be very much as one which is the first thing that I was looking for.

“I said from day dot that I wanted to be high-tempo, high-pressing with lots of energy. The players which I am bringing in fit that mould.”

Thorogood admitted he will not be setting a finishing target for his side who were 16th last season when the COVID-19 outbreak curtailed their campaign.

He added: “Supporters all want to hear managers saying that they’re going for promotion and the play-offs, but I’m not one of those managers.

Ryan Flitton.
Ryan Flitton.

“I’m not interested in the same old lines and analogies.

“I’m not going to set an aspiration of where I think we’re going to finish in the league because I will take everything a game at a time.

“We will plan like that and then go on to the next game. It’s a 38-game season and it won’t be defined over one game or 10.

“I will of course go into every game wanting to win it. That will be the first mindset and we will have the right attitude.

“We work to the plan that we are going to deliver and are true and honest to our word.

“If we have games when we’re not doing what we should be, I’m not going to sit there and make excuses or blame everybody else.

“The fact of the matter is that, if there is a game where we didn’t perform, I will tell people exactly where we are at.

“I want to finish as high as possible and be successful. It’s my first full season as a manager at this level and I want to do well.

“All that I ask of the supporters is that they turn out, support and back us, stick with us and encourage these younger players.

“We want to get an atmosphere going and make it as vibrant as possible. I want a real excitement and buzz around the club on match day.

“It’s really important to me to feel the atmosphere when we’re there. We will do our best to deliver performances on the pitch.”

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