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Spalding United assistant manager Lewis Thorogood sets a target for his side to avoid defeat in December, starting against Belper Town on Saturday




Five games without defeat is the target set for Spalding United this month after starting it with a point earned by showing admirable character.

Tulips assistant manager Lewis Thorogood saw both sides of the argument after the Tulips came away from Stocksbridge Park Steels with a favourable point last Saturday.

That draw, and a midweek cup defeat for Saturday’s opponents Belper Town, is what Thorogood is hoping will add up to a home win at Sir Halley Stewart Field on Saturday.

Skipper Ben Davison and winger Jenk Acar both face late fitness tests before the clash with the Derbyshire side.

Jenk Acar is an injury concern for Spalding United ahead of their game against Belper Town. Photo by Tim Wilson.
Jenk Acar is an injury concern for Spalding United ahead of their game against Belper Town. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Thorogood said: “Belper have really come good this season because they didn’t have the greatest of seasons last year.

“They’ve recruited well and got their house in order to be in a good position this season and go on a run of form.

“Belper will be a real threat and they have the capability of beating anyone in the league.

“It’s a big game for us and we need a positive response from last Saturday’s game because we want to remain unbeaten in December.”

Kegan Everington is expected to occupy the centre of the park after missing the Stocksbridge trip due to suspension, while Thorogood is hopeful that a virus that affected both midfielder Jack Brownell and defender Neal Spafford last weekend will have cleared up before Saturday.

Jenk Acar is an injury concern for Spalding United ahead of their game against Belper Town. Photo by Tim Wilson.
Jenk Acar is an injury concern for Spalding United ahead of their game against Belper Town. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Thorogood said: “We rode our luck a little bit at Stocksbridge and I felt we were fortunate to come away with a point.

“There were players who turned out for us when they were quite unwell and credit to them for working and fighting for the team.

“We showed a bit of character at Stocksbridge, after going 1-o down, to grab something away from home which could be a vital point at the end of the season.”

Thorogood revealed that the Tulips are hoping to bring at least one extra player into the squad before Saturday’s game.

“We need a better performance against Belper on Saturday,” Thorogood said.



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