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Spalding United host Chasetown in the Northern Premier League Midlands Division



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Manager Brett Whaley wants his Spalding United side to go out with all guns blazing in their season finale on Saturday.

The Tulips host second-placed Chasetown in their last match of the Northern Premier League campaign on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

They go into the contest on the back of a disappointing 4-0 away defeat at Carlton Town on Monday with Whaley looking for a rapid response.

Brett Whaley. (56202215)
Brett Whaley. (56202215)

He said: "We got a bit of a lesson on Monday in terms of playing opposition who are up for it and need to win the game.

"We're going to have exactly the same on Saturday against a side who are higher up the league.

"When you're second in the league with one game left then you've obviously had a very good season and you're a very good side.

"If we approach it and play the way we did on Monday then it's going to be a really bad day for us.

"But we know that our supporters are going to come to the last game of the season and want to see us put up a fight.

"If we can put a good performance on again then it sends people away in the summer thinking that I want to be back for next season.

"They want to see us give it a right go and we have to instil that into the players this week.

"What we did on Monday wasn't acceptable but we now have a game coming up quite quickly with similar circumstances where we can prove it wasn't a fair reflection of us.

"I'm hoping we can put in a performance which shows that we are better than we were on Monday."

Visiting Chasetown are still in with a chance of being crowned champions if they defeat Spalding but the Scholars will need table-topping Ilkeston to lose at already-relegated Wisbech Town on Saturday.

In-form Stamford are also hot on Chasetown's heels and will be looking to take advantage of any slip and move into second spot which will guarantee home advantage throughout the play-offs.

Whaley commented: "You never know what might happen because Chasetown will be coming into the game under pressure.

"Stamford have hit form at the right time and there is pressure on Chasetown to get a result because, if they don't, they will get a very difficult play-off and could potentially be away in the final so their route to promotion becomes so much harder.

"At this stage of the season, Chasetown will want to take winning performances into those play-offs.

"We know that if we're well in the game and can keep in it for long periods then we could put the pressure on them."



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