On Tuesday night 18-year-old Jonny Lockie sent Spalding United into the Evo Stik First Division South play-off final where they will face Witton Albion this Saturday.
Spalding beat Stockbridge Park Steels 3-2 after extra time and it was super-sub Lockie who netted the knockout strike for the Tulips.
The 18-year-old who has been monitored by a number of professional clubs in recent times had only started five games this season but this didn’t stop him writing his name in the club’s history books on Tuesday.
When speaking to ElWriteBack about the club’s season he said: “We have done really well and have not been out of the top three all season so it’s a massive achievement for the club as they have never been this far before!”
When asked if the Tulips have exceeded expectations this season, Lockie responded saying: “Yes, most definitely!”Spalding travel to The NetDec Stadium this Saturday as they aim to gain promotion to the Evo-Stik League Premier Division with a win over opponents, Witton Albion.
Lockie spoke about this weekend’s game and what promotion would mean saying: “We are very confident after Tuesday night as we are still buzzing, and especially since we were there a few weeks ago, we came from being 2-0 down to rescue a point out of the game.
“It will mean everything to us to see all our hard work pay off and it’s such an achievement for a small-town club!”
Having scored Spalding’s winner on Tuesday and with sides such as Burton, Swansea and Leicester looking at the forward, the Tulips’ youngster went on to speak about what playing in the first team means and what he feels about a potential big move: “First team football is very important to a young player like myself, getting to play against tough opponents and decent sides.
“A big move to a professional club is every boy’s dream and would mean everything to me!”
Good luck to Spalding United this Saturday!