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Lewis Spence: We kick on and go again

1 December 2020

Midfielder Lewis Spence is relishing the upcoming festive period following a week without a fixture and can’t wait to get back playing as the Iron travel to face Harrogate Town this evening.

The Scottish 24-year-old has played the second most amount of minutes (949) in Sky Bet League Two for the Iron this season, behind Alex Gilliead (990) and is looking forward to his run in the side continuing.

Speaking to iFollow Iron ahead of the game, he said: "It was good to get a little break. It’s been a hard start to the season with a lot of games and a lot of situations that have happened. It’s been time to recover and evaluate again. Now we kick on and go again and we’re looking forward to playing Harrogate.

"There are eight games this month, so it’s going to be hard. There are some really tough games in there and we need to start picking up points. Pitches will start to get that bit heavier too."

Spence alluded to the run prior to the weekend without a fixture and, despite it ending with a 1-0 home defeat to Bolton Wanderers, there was a lot to be positive about in that game and the three proceeding it.

"We needed that and it was a positive spell," he continued.

"I was gutted with the last minute goal against Morecambe and against Bolton I think we showed them a little too much respect and never really imposed our game onto them. We did have a couple of really good chances, which could have changed the game, but we need to pick ourselves up and try and get the three points against Harrogate.

"Nobody likes getting beat, so it’s been good to get the two wins and the draw. It was good to feel that feeling again. We’ve shown we can do it. Port Vale are a good team, as are Oldham, and we’ve shown we are capable. Now it’s about being consistent and doing that week-in, week-out."

United get back to action with their first-ever trip to face Harrogate Town at the EnviroVent Stadium and the former Ross County man is under no illusions that it will be a difficult encounter with him knowing a couple of the Sulphurites' players, including skipper Josh Falkingham.

"It’s going to be a tough game, but we’re capable of going there and getting a result," he stated.

"If we go there and do the basics right, which we’ve done well in the last four games, stay solid and hard to beat, I think we’ve got a really good chance to go there and get the three points. It’s going to be a battle. Harrogate are an aggressive team, with a lot of big players, so we’re going to have to be up for it.

"I know a couple of players that play for them and I watched them against Bradford and they were excellent. It’s all about us. We need to go there with the right mindset and be up for the battle. I’m confident we can go there and get a result."

Spence has been partnered with Alfie Beestin in recent weeks, with the former Doncaster Rovers midfielder biding his time for a chance in the starting line-up. He gave his thoughts on him and their relationship in the heart of United's midfield.

"He’s done well. He’s had to wait for his chance, but he’s come in and worked hard," he added.

"He’s taken his chance and has a good understanding of playing in central midfield. He’s a quiet lad, but he goes about his business well and he’s played games at a higher level."

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