Decision time for young Bayliss

Tulips target Fraser Bayliss on the ball for Holbeach United at Northampton Sileby Rangers.  Photo by Steve Relf. ANL-140626-163307002
Tulips target Fraser Bayliss on the ball for Holbeach United at Northampton Sileby Rangers. Photo by Steve Relf. ANL-140626-163307002

Holbeach winger Fraser Bayliss will this week decide whether to step up to the Evo-Stik South with Spalding United or to stay in the United Counties League with Wisbech.

Spalding boss Pat Rayment spoke to the 18-year-old on Thursday and was confident he had got his man but the talented wide man will train with both clubs this week before making his decision.

He was due to train with Wisbech – where Mark Melson, his assistant manager at Holbeach last season, is now part of the backroom staff – last night.

The Boston-based teenager will then join Spalding for training on Thursday before deciding which is the best move for him.

He said: “I will decide later this week. Spalding would be a step up for me and would enable me to play with and learn from better players with more experience, but I also have to consider whether spending another season in the UCL would be better for me.

“I know Mark Melson as he was at Holbeach last season so I now have to make a difficult decision.

“It’s nice to have clubs interested in me as it shows I played well last season.”

Bayliss, who began with Freiston Reserves, went on to join Boston Town but moved on to Holbeach after failing to get a game.

He began last season on the bench but broke into the team for the final 12 games of the season and impressed then-manager Glen Maddison, who recommended him to Rayment.

Rayment said: “Fraser, like Tom Waumsley, was given a glowing reference by Glen.

“He’s young, he’s quick and he has a bit about him and I think we could turn him into an even better player.

“One thing we want to do at this club is to try to get some young players in and help them progress.

“We’re keeping tabs on half-a-dozen players in the UCL, although I won’t name them or the clubs they play for.

“We are running a small squad here this season and in an ideal world we will avoid picking up any injuries and win all our games.

“If that was the case we would look at players who are not getting a game and set up a dual-registration.”

Rayment also revealed three triallists will be given a chance to earn a deal with the club during pre-season.

He added: “They rang me up and two of them have a wealth of experience and are good players, so we will have a look at them in pre-season.”