Spalding manager closes in on finalising squad for first league game of new season
Manager Lewis Thorogood has revealed that he has a "clearer idea" of his starting 11 for Spalding United’s first Pitching In Northern Premier League (NPL) South East Division game of the season on Saturday.
The Tulips host Sutton Coldfield Town at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field having completed a ten-game pre-season that included successive wins to lift the Lincolnshire Free Press Trophy.
Spalding's preparations for the new season ended with a 3-0 win at Northern Counties East Division One side Brigg Town at the weekend.
The Tulips' goals came from a trialist and a penalty by Joel Brownhill, both in the first half, and a second half tap-in by Jacob Fenton.
Thorogood said: "Brigg are a good outfit, with a good set-up in North East Lincolnshire where they have some established players with experience of playing at a higher level.
"The game was set up for us to go there and show some character to see if we could respond from the FA Cup defeat (at home to Barton Town on September 1).
"I was really, really pleased with players because we asked for more work rate off the ball, which has been our achilles heel before.
"We dominated the first half and 2-0 was probably flattering to Brigg at half time because 4-0 would have been fairer.
"There was high intensity and high pressing, but we weren't ruthless enough in front of goal.
"Before the end of the game, we made a rash of substitutions that we wouldn't do in a league game.
"But we worked hard, looked good, kept a clean sheet and it helped to go a long way in me having a clearer idea of what the starting 11 will be on Saturday."
Thorogood also confirmed that he "may look to bring in one or two players" in readiness for the visit of the Royals who went out of the Emirates FA Cup at the preliminary round stage against NPL divisional rivals Belper Town last Saturday.
"There are bits we can work on from the Brigg game bits to look at which we'll do, trying to tie things up and get them in place for Saturday," Thorogood said.
"But we're certainly a big step closer to the goal of having a side which will be able to go out and give the fans that first win of the season."