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Spalding manager Pat Rayment says his players want to win another 17 games on the trot after his side’s amazing winning league run came to an end on Saturday.

The Tulips entertain neighbours Holbeach United in a United Counties League premier division game tonight and Rayment said his payers were positive about bouncing back after Saturday’s loss against Rushden: “We will be back bigger and better and there’s no better place to start than against Holbeach.

“The players now want to win another 17 games on the trot – and they are good enough to do it.

“It’s up to other people to decide whether the wheels have fallen off our season or not.”

Rayment does expect a tough encounter tonight, however, saying: “Glen is doing brilliantly there and his players now have massive confidence.

“They have got where they are on merit and the manager deserves massive plaudits.

“I’m hoping for a really good game. The one last month was a very close affair and great to watch.

“So hopefully the fans will turn out tonight and it will be a really good derby atmosphere.”

With Jonny Allen injured, Dan Steadman suffering ill health and suspensions to captain Jamie Stevens and Nathan Stainfield looming, Rayment is looking to bring in some players on loan: “Contrary to what people believe we don’t have a bottomless pit.

“We have the same budget as last year but this time I decided to spend it on better players but fewer of them.

“Now it’s started to impact on me.”

Tigers boss Glen Maddison fears a backlash after Saturday’s defeat: “I’m a little bit worried about their reaction after losing to Rushden,” he told the Free Press on the eve of the United Counties League premier division clash.

“Pat will have them up for it and raring to go as there’s no way he wants to lose twice after winning 17 on the trot.”

Maddison’s men have already played and lost to Spalding three times this season, but he took heart from the most recent game, a narrow 2-1 county cup defeat last month.

“If we play like we did for the majority of that match we’ve got a chance.

“But to be honest we have to be at full tilt and hope to catch them on a bad day also.”