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Spalding United host Lye Town in the Northern Premier League

Elliot Sandy is hoping his Spalding United side can produce a little bit of magic to overcome a tough test on Saturday.

The Tulips host play-off chasing Lye Town in a Northern Premier League Midlands Division match at the Sir Halley Stewart ground.

Their West Midlands visitors are currently just outside the play-off spots but were 2-0 home winners over the Tulips in their first meeting of the season at the end of October with Sandy expecting another stern test for his second-placed side.

Dan Sweeney was on target in Tuesday's win.
Dan Sweeney was on target in Tuesday's win.

He said: "It will be a really tough game.

“From playing against them, they are really organised and very strong.

“They worked their absolute socks off against us last time so that is something we have to be ready for.

"We need to match them for that and hope that we can produce a little bit of magic from our players to get a good result."

Spalding go into the contest buoyed by three successive victories in all competitions.

They have recorded back-to-back league wins over Corby Town and Gresley Rovers and also reached the final of the Lincolnshire Senior Cup on Tuesday night with a 3-0 home win over Boston United.

Tyler Winters, James Clifton and Dan Sweeney were all on target in the victory over their youthful National League North visitors.

Sandy added: "It was a really tough game on a very heavy pitch which took a lot out of the lads.

"We had three different goalscorers and a clean sheet is also good as well so I was more than happy."

It was Sweeney's first goal since returning to the club following a prolific loan spell at Alvechurch after a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to injury.

Strike partner Sam Bennett provided an unselfish assist for Sweeney to wrap up a good night's work for the Tulips.

Sandy commented: "Although Dan hasn't scored since he's been back with us, he's played really well.

"He's been at the centre of a lot of the good things which we've done.

"Like any striker, you want to score goals which is what it is about. He's your typical 'I haven't scored so I haven't done my bit for the team' but he brings a lot more than that.

"It's great to have got that off his back though and I said to Sam afterwards that there could come a time in a game where it's 0-0 and really tight and they are the decisions that we like to make.

"It was the right decision to square it for an easy goal. Their connections are getting better which is nice. Tyler also scored a goal as well so we're full of confidence going into Saturday."

Pinchbeck United, Deeping Rangers, Bourne Town and Holbeach United all have away games on Saturday.

The Knights travel to table-topping Sherwood Colliery in the United Counties League Premier Division North while sixth-placed Deeping visit Melton Town who are three points above the Clarets in fifth spot.

Division One leaders Bourne visit Leicester St Andrews looking to maintain their 12-point lead at the top of the table.

Holbeach travel to Norwich CBS in Division One North of the Thurlow Nunn League.

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