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Spalding United pushing for promotion from the Northern Premier League Midlands Division

Manager Elliot Sandy feels his Spalding United side are in a great place heading into a crucial spell of Easter action.

The Tulips travel to Shepshed Dynamo on Saturday in the Northern Premier League Midlands Division before hosting Hinckley LR at the Sir Halley Stewart ground on Monday.

Sandy's side are currently in second spot in the table, two points behind league leaders Harborough and two ahead of third-placed Anstey Nomads who both have a game in hand on the Tulips.

Manager Elliot Sandy. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Manager Elliot Sandy. Photo: Chris Lowndes

They also have a Lincolnshire Senior Cup final date coming up when they tackle National League North side Scunthorpe United at Lincoln City on Wednesday, April 17.

Sandy said: "It's great to be part of this run-in and it's great for the club to be in this position again.

"We've got a cup final to look forward to and we're in a prime position to fight for promotion which was the aim at the start of the season.

"We're ticking all the right boxes and we're doing everything that we need to and want to.

"It's a case of turning out each week and making sure that you give absolutely everything."

The top trio both face two games in three days over the Easter period with Sandy fully focused on what his Tulips team can achieve.

Riley O'Sullivan puts Spalding ahead against Lye. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Riley O'Sullivan puts Spalding ahead against Lye. Photo: Chris Lowndes

He added: "Everyone's talking about Anstey and Harborough but we've got to just worry about ourselves.

"I've got full belief in the team and squad and, as I've said all along, when we're at it and on it then we're a match for any side in this league.

"It's a big weekend with two games in three days and there's not many teams who go and get six points over the Bank Holiday weekend because of the turnaround of games.

"The whole squad will be used and we've just got to stick together.

"Sometimes we won't play great and we'll have to grind results out because at this stage of the season it is all about winning.

"The likes of Anstey and Harborough will both win more often than not so we need to do the same and hope that they slip up at some point. It is the old cliche that every game is a cup final and it's all about winning now."

Spalding have won four and drawn one of their last five league games and were 2-0 home winners over Lye Town on Tuesday night.

Second half goals from Riley O'Sullivan and Sam Bennett secured the win as the Spalding strikers continue to lead the goal charge.

Sandy commented: "We know that we've got goals in the team and we've got such good strikers at the club.

Sam Bennett celebrates his goal against Lye. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Sam Bennett celebrates his goal against Lye. Photo: Chris Lowndes

"Riley was superb again on Tuesday. He's scoring goals, will always have that work-rate and he's full of confidence.

"We know all about Tyler Winters who has been superb for us while Jordan Graham has come back in and been scoring goals.

"I thought he helped change the game in the second half. His hold-up play was fantastic which helped get us up the pitch.

"I was buzzing for Sam to come on and score as well because it's been tough for him since he came in as the strikers have all been scoring."

Spalding have six league matches remaining and, after the Easter double bill of action, face games against Quorn (away), Sutton Coldfield (home), Sporting Khalsa (away) and Coleshill (home).

They will again be running their ‘kids go free’ initiative for Monday’s home match for Under 16s.

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