Boss Rayment pleased to pick up a first point

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Spalding United are looking to build on the bonus of an opening-day point when they face Loughborough Dynamo on Tuesday night in the first home game of the season.

The Tulips kicked off the Evo-Stik League First Division South campaign with a 1-1 draw at Romulus thanks to Michael Frew’s equaliser.

Manager Pat Rayment was “pleasantly surprised” by his new-look side’s performance – but he is ready to bring in more signings.

Spalding have agreed a loan deal for King’s Lynn Town defender Ryan Fryatt who is set to make his debut.

Rayment admitted: “I was pleased with a point against Romulus, although in the end we could have easily taken all three.

“I was very happy with our fitness levels as we bossed the second half.

“Their only chance came from a poor refereeing decision but Michael Duggan made a save.

“They scored a good goal but our equaliser was top class and that means we are one point better off than we were at this stage of last season.

“I didn’t really know what to expect after our patchy pre-season but I was happy with the energy levels and we created good openings.”

Loughborough opened up with a 6-1 home win against Rugby Town on Saturday.

Rayment added: “I’m not looking too much into that result to be honest.

“The bonus on Saturday was picking up a point.

“If we get the same level of performance again then it will give ourselves a chance tonight in our first home game.

“I was massively critical of South Holland District Council last season over the state of our pitch so it’s only fair that I give them plenty of praise now.

“This is the best I’ve seen the Sir Halley Stewart Field and the club is now enjoying an unbelievable relationship with our council.”

Meanwhile, Spalding face a trip to Nottingham club Radford in the Emirates FA Cup preliminary round a week on Saturday.