FA Cup preview: Spalding United focus on keeping dreams alive

Spalding United
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Pat Rayment believes having the right mentality and showing respect will be key to Spalding United’s chances of avoiding an FA Cup upset.

The Tulips head to the West Midlands on Saturday where Sporting Khalsa are plotting another giant-killing act.

With a place on offer in the fourth qualifying round, both clubs know they are closer to the prospect of a tie against a Football League club in the first round proper next month.

Tulips boss Rayment said: “We’ve had some reports on Sporting Khalsa so we know we are going to be in for an extremely tough game.

“But there is an added incentive for both of us.

“I believe cup upsets are only caused by the mentality of players.

Our complete focus must be on taking our ‘A game’ to them and seeing if they can handle it.

Spalding United manager Pat Rayment

“I’ve been there on both ends of the spectrum. If you play at a lower level, you will raise your game.

“They will get the top end of the respect which they deserve.

“Our complete focus must be on taking our ‘A game’ to them and seeing if they can handle it.

“We’ve got everything to play for. After what happened to us in the FA Trophy last Saturday, we need to put it right.

“It’s down to the players. We should feel confident.”

Midland League Premier Division minnows Sporting Khalsa’s nine-match winning run includes a 3-2 victory at Spalding’s Evo-Stik League rivals Basford United in the FA Cup.

David Bell, Jake Newman and Charley Sanders are all cup-tied on Saturday.

Tom Waumsley remains part of the Spalding squad after a midweek winner for Peterborough Northern Star on dual registration.

But Rayment is happy for Jordan Nuttell to stay with Boston Town under those terms to play more games.