Friends reunited

Soham Town Rangers manager Steve Fallon
Soham Town Rangers manager Steve Fallon

Spalding United manager Pat Rayment will meet up again with a former team-mate in Saturday’s FA Trophy tie.

The Tulips travel to Soham Town Rangers who are led by Steve Fallon.

Rayment said: “We played together at Cambridge United and we know each other from being in the Peterborough area.

“We go back a long time – probably about 35 years – and Steve had great success when he was at Histon.

“We’ve had them watched but if we can do what we are capable of then we will give ourselves every chance of going through.

“I still believe our players owe the club after the way we went out of the FA Cup so timidly.”

Spalding head to Ryman League North side Soham with the winners away to Leek Town or Bedworth United in the first qualifying round on November 1.

The Tulips are boosted by three successive wins in the Evo-Stik League First Division South.

Tom Waumsley’s hat-trick guided them to a 4-1 victory at Rainworth Miners Walfare on Tuesday night.

Rayment reflected: “In the first half we got a bit sloppy and it was painful to see us give away another bad goal.

“But the lads did very well in the second half when we totally dominated.

“I can’t give enough praise to Tom because I know a lot of people scoffed when we brought him to the club.

“But you can’t fault his desire, endeavour, attitude and work-rate.

“He wanted to have a go at a higher level and he has proved effective for us.”

Striker Andrew Tidswell is rated 50-50 to recover from injury for Saturday’s game.