Sanders signs for Spalding

MATCH WINNER: Josh Moreman is mobbed by his team-mates after scoring the winner for Spalding United against Tividale at Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

MATCH WINNER: Josh Moreman is mobbed by his team-mates after scoring the winner for Spalding United against Tividale at Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field. Photo by Tim Wilson.

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Spalding United have signed former Holbeach United striker Charley Sanders.

The 20-year-old ended a brief spell at Wisbech Town to join the Tulips on Monday night.

Spalding manager Pat Rayment admitted: “This deal might come as a surprise to a lot of people.

“We’ve been contemplating a move for Charley and I believe we’ve got the right environment for him with nine players aged 23 or under.

“We have watched him at Wisbech under Brett Whaley’s guidance and he couldn’t have been more complimentary about him in terms of his attitude.

“Every manager who has signed Charley took him because he’s a big lad and these target men are hard to find.

“He was thrown in at the deep end at the age of 17, 18 and 19 at different clubs and told to get on with it.

“We know defenders won’t knock him off the ball but the biggest hurdle for Charley to overcome is the mental side of wanting to do it. That’s down to him and I’m happy enough to give him an opportunity.”

Sanders looks set to start on the bench for Spalding’s trip to Sheffield on Tuesday night but he is ineligible for the Emirates FA Cup preliminary round trip to Radford on Saturday having already played for Wisbech in the competition.

Rayment had made no secret of his plans to bring in new faces to the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field despite collecting seven points out of a possible nine.

The Tulips made it back-to-back home wins with a comfortable enough 2-1 scoreline against Tividale on Saturday after goals by Neal Spafford and Josh Moreman.

But the weekend win may have come at a price ahead of the Evo-Stik League First Division South trip to Sheffield with striker Tom Waumsley, makeshift right-back Mitch Griffiths and Jordan Nuttell all doubtful for the game.

Rayment said: “We’ve got round pegs in square holes and we’re still short so taking the results and all things considered, I’m ecstatic.

“It’s a magnificent start and it’s going hand-in-hand with everything else that is happening in the club, so I’m pleased.

“Sam Murphy will be back tonight while Dan Banister and Nathan Stainfield will be back on Saturday.

“But we’re still in the market for a centre-half because we’re only a couple of injuries away from being in trouble.”

Sheffield, which prides itself on being the world’s oldest football club, picked up their first win of the season at Chasetown where they scored three times in the first half before conceding a goal just over 20 minutes from full-time.

Rayment said: “The pitch at Sheffield will be good which will suit us and I’m glad we’re going in midweek because when we’ve gone there in the winter, it’s always been called off and then pushed back.

“It’s a fixture we can get out the way and hopefully get something out of.”

Meanwhile, skipper Adam Jackson saw the Tividale win as two points gained compared to four months ago when the two sides drew in the Black Country.

Jackson said: “We were a bit young and naive at times on Saturday but last season, it would have been a game that we’d have seen out at 1-1.

“There’s bit more bite now and the manager has got his core players in early doors, with a bit of youth at the back and Michael Frew helping Tom Waumsley up front.

“Teams are always going to be dangerous at this level but for me, we looked comfortable all over the park and no one complains when we need to do the dirty stuff as well.”