Pat Rayment isn’t at all worried by Spalding United’s first pre-season loss of the summer.
The Tulips were tonked 4-0 at higher-graded St Neots Town on Saturday – and saw star striker Andrew Tidswell ruled out for up to six weeks with a broken hand.
Lewis Hilliard (16), Adrian Sear (57), Dion Sembre-Ferris (78) and Andy Palmer (88) all notched for the Saints – but it was their keeper Liam Conroy who walked away with the man-of-the-match award after a string of fine saves.
Rayment said: “I’m not reading too much into the scoreline. We had a lot of tired players and made a number of substitutions, which didn’t help.
“In the first half we had so many chances and really should have been comfortably ahead.
“It was encouraging, to dominate a half against such a good side shows we’re coming along nicely.
“It’s a blow to lose Tidswell, but these things happen. I may have to look at bringing a striker in on loan.
“We are well stocked for players everywhere really, except at left back.
“But Adam Jackson has really stepped up to the player there and I can’t praise him enough. He’s probably been our best player so far in pre-season.”
Spalding handed a substitute appearance to former Corby Town and Peterborough Northern Star full back Nathan Horne on Saturday, while winger Matty O’Neill was also given a run out.
But it was a final appearance in blue for striker Gary King, who has been released by the Tulips. He’s been handed a trial with Step Two side Boston United.
Next up for the Tulips is a home friendly with Kettering Town on Saturday (3pm).
Tulips: Drury, Canoville, Jackson, Allen, Stainfield, Webb, Beeson, Hall, Battersby, Tidswell, Cotton. Subs (all used): Mullarkey, O’Neill, Steadman, Doherty, King, Horne, Ebdon.