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Splading United host Shepshed Dynamo in a Northern Premier League Midlands Division match

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Brett Whaley wants to see a reaction from his players as he takes charge of his first home match as Spalding United manager on Saturday.

Whaley admitted to being 'frustrated' by his maiden match at the helm when the Tulips shared the spoils in a 1-1 away draw at Histon on New Year's Day.

He was concerned by his side's performance in the opening period and is looking for a solid start when they welcome Shepshed Dynamo to the Sir Halley Stewart ground on Saturday.

Brett Whaley.
Brett Whaley.

Their Leicestershire visitors are just one point and one place behind Spalding in the Northern Premier League Midlands Division table and arrive on the back of a 5-0 away defeat at Loughborough Dynamo on Bank Holiday Monday following some impressive results against promotion-chasing Halesowen and Chasetown.

Whaley said: "Shepshed have had a really good run of results before Monday's defeat and they are no mugs.

"They have got some very good players and I would imagine they will be expecting and wanting a reaction which will come against us.

"We are in a similar position though because I expect a bit of a reaction from Saturday.

"It's a very tough league and you have to be right at it and we have to learn from Saturday.

"We have to work a little bit harder, do the ugly things better and start quicker but, also while we're doing that, we have to show that little bit of quality in the final third.

"You have to realise in this league that you can't disrespect anybody. The reality is that we are where we are because of our inconsistencies over the course of the season.

"Shepshed have been very similar. They have beaten sides like Chasetown and Halesowen and then lost 5-0 at Loughborough which, as a manager, is very frustrating.

"The sides in mid-table are all very inconsistent and everybody can beat everybody. We need the result though because we need to start getting three points on the board."

Ben Starkie faces his former club on Saturday. (54097878)
Ben Starkie faces his former club on Saturday. (54097878)

Spalding gave debuts to Ben Seymour-Shove and Jack Lynch in the weekend draw at Histon with Whaley still looking to bolster his squad.

Seven-day approaches for players were put in last week with the Spalding boss aiming to add some experience to the group.

He added: "It was good to get a couple in but we're not going to hide away from the fact that we need to get a couple more in.

"Ben's signing shows the intention of bringing more experienced players to the group that know how to deal with this level at this time of year.

"There is an element of our group about learning how to manage games better.

"We will set out game-plans and we will have our way that we want to play but sometimes the opposition ask you a question that you have to do something slightly different as the game develops.

"It takes a bit of experience on the pitch to assess the situation. I feel we have a lot of talent but maybe the blend isn't quite right at the minute which is something we need to look at."

Saturday's match will see recent Spalding recruits Ben Starkie and Abdul Koroma line-up against their former club.

The Tulips are hoping to have Scott Floyd back in their squad after he missed the match at Histon.

However, Chris Ward remains suspended and loanee Josh Hinds has been recalled by Championship side Hull City.

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