New Spalding United manager Brett Whaley will take charge of the Tulips against Histon
Manager Brett Whaley will be looking to instil battling qualities in his Spalding United side as he takes charge of the Tulips for the first time on Saturday.
Whaley had been due to be at the helm on Monday when Spalding were scheduled to host Carlton Town in a Northern Premier League Midlands Division match at the Sir Halley Stewart ground.
However, a waterlogged pitch forced the game to be postponed, meaning Whaley's managerial bow for the Tulips will be this weekend when they travel to face Histon on New Year's Day (kick-off 3pm).
Whaley watched the Stutes on Monday when they went down to a 4-2 away defeat against Cambridge City who struck twice late on to secure a derby win.
The defeat keeps Histon second-from-bottom of the table but Whaley will be warning his charges not to take their hosts lightly.
He said: "It was a useful exercise on Monday because their side has changed quite a bit since I faced them at the start of the season with Wisbech.
"They are a better side than their league position shows and they have a way of playing which is effective to them.
"It gave us an opportunity to plan and set up this week ready for it and, now I've had a bit of time to settle down, I'm really looking forward to getting going.
"The sides at the bottom know they're in a fight though and they play a certain way which is very difficult to play against.
"Histon were 2-0 down on Monday and got it back to 2-2 and they don't go away because they know they're in a fight and the game isn't over until the final whistle.
"You really have to battle and some people do look at league tables too much and expect to win games.
"If you're flat or slow to start and don't match the work-rate of the opposition then you will lose the game.
"There are a lot of complexities around this level with technical abilities and formations but the reality is that, if you don't do the ugly things well and don't want it as much as the opposition, then you will lose the game no matter who you are playing.
"It's something that when I have seen the sides who are desperate to get something out of the game you must be prepared to match it else you won't win those games.
"It's something that we need to instil straight away, particularly in games like Histon as we came away on Monday thinking that it's a real challenge.
"We will have to be right at it and hopefully then our quality will come through."
The Tulips will be boosted by the return of defensive duo Ollie Price and Nathan Stainfield but they will still be without Chris Ward who remains suspended following his red card last month against Yaxley.
On-loan winger Josh Hinds has also been recalled by Hull City due to the current Covid-19 situation at the Championship club.