Home friendly for Spalding on Wednesday evening

Action from Spalding's home defeat on Saturday.
Action from Spalding's home defeat on Saturday.
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Out-of-luck Spalding United have a friendly game at home against Boston Utd U21 on Wednesday evening, 7.45pm.

The game comes on the back of three defeats for Pat Rayment’s men.

But despite seeing his side slip to their third defeat on the bounce, Tulips’ boss Rayment was remarkably upbeat after a more encouraging performance from his players.

Spalding were desperately unlucky to lose at home to Daventry Town, having dominated virtually the entire game.

Deservedly leading through a Jamie Graham goal three minutes before half time, the Tulips went down to two late goals, scored in the 72nd and 87th minutes.

Commenting on the game, Rayment said: “It’s not often, as a manager, you can say you were happy with your team’s performance when they have been beaten, but on this occasion I was very happy with how we performed.

“In previous games we were not working well enough collectively, but that was not the case on Saturday.

“We were well on top throughout and Daventry didn’t really create anything apart from the two corners late on from which their goals came. During the match we produced 45 minutes of the best football we have played all season.”

Rayment added: “Naturally I’m not happy about the result but the performance itself was excellent and we can use it as a springboard. We knew that before Saturday we had not been playing collectively as a unit, and that has been our shortfall.

“But on Saturday, the players rose to the challenge and if they can maintain that level of application and commitment for the rest of the season, I’ll be delighted.”

This Saturday, the Tulips entertain Newcastle Town, a team they lost out to in a cup game on October 3. On that occasion, Spalding lost by one goal in a nine-goal thriller.

Manager Pat Rayment will be hoping to see his charges continue their improved form from the Daventry game.

He said: “We have a few players out with injuries, but I know we have the ability in the squad. Some people are concerned that we have lost three games in a row, but it is the first time that has happened in four years and there is certainly no crisis.”

With Spalding currently lying in 12th place in the league and Newcastle four place above them, it is likely to be another tightly contested game between the two sides.