FOOTBALL: Pat pleased with Wisbech point

1-0! Former Spalding ace Tony Battersby rifles home the Wisbech opener on Satuday. Photo: ADAM FAIRBROTHER
1-0! Former Spalding ace Tony Battersby rifles home the Wisbech opener on Satuday. Photo: ADAM FAIRBROTHER

Pat Rayment declared himself satisfied after seeing his Spalding United side rescue a deserved point at UCL Premier Division rivals Wisbech Town on Saturday.

A second-half strike from Mark Jones (61) earned the Tulips a 1-1 draw – their first in the league so far this season – after they had fallen behind to a 15th-minute opener from former player Tony Battersby (full report on pages 62-63).

Up against gusty winds, a heavy pitch and a talented home side, Rayment was happy enough with a share of the spoils as his side moved 17 points clear at the top with just 11 games left to play.

The Spalding boss said: “It was tough. I’ve seen worse pitches played on, but the wind was crazy. I was surprised they got the game on, if I’m honest. Overall we have to be happy with a point, it increases our lead and is another game chalked off.

“On the balance of play I felt we had plenty more chances – and but for a defensive mistake we probably would have won 1-0. The pitch didn’t suit us at all – maybe we’ll have to look at being a bit more direct in the coming weeks.

“I have to say that Wisbech look a very strong bet for a title push next year. They are getting used to the UCL now and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them up there next season.”

Spalding had hoped host King’s Lynn Town in a high-profile friendly at the the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field tonight (Tuesday), but the match has fallen victim to the weather and was postponed on Tuesday morning.