In-form Tulips are yet to bloom

Tom Waumsley (centre) celebrates with Mitch Griffiths (left) and Lewis Webb.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Tom Waumsley (centre) celebrates with Mitch Griffiths (left) and Lewis Webb. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Spalding United hit Soham Town for six in the FA Trophy on Saturday but manager Pat Rayment insists his side have not hit top form yet.

The Tulips received £2,500 and set up a trip to Leek Town with an impressive 6-1 victory, despite going behind after 16 minutes.

Rayment felt his side could have reached double figures as they brushed Soham aside, with Ryan Oliver, Lewis Webb, the in-form Tom Waumsley, Chris Hall and Kern Miller (2) all finding the target.

“We are creating so many chances and we could have had eight, nine or even double-figures,” said a delighted Rayment.

“As a manager you are never totally happy but everything is looking good at the moment.

“It has taken time for the squad to evolve and early on in the season we lost games when we didn’t deserve to, but it is starting to come together now.”

Rayment was down to the bare bones as skipper Michael Leary missed the game due to a family bereavement while recent signing Jordan Nuttell failed a late fitness test on a tight hamstring.

Leading scorer Andy Tidswell was only named as a substitute following a similar hamstring problem but was unlucky not to find the target after replacing Oliver midway through the second half.

Rayment added” ‘Tids’ could have had the fastest hat-trick in history and on another day they would have gone in.

“It was good to see Tom scoring again and he epitomises what can be done if you work hard and want to take the opportunity to test yourself at a higher level.

“But as well as things are going right now, I think we can get even better.

“I wasn’t worried at all when we went behind and I feel we are now getting a nice blend between youth and experience.

“George Stainfield is only 18 and was rightly the man-of-match on his first start appearance.

“Lewis McKue is only 18, Jordan Nuttell is 19 and it is mouthwatering to think how good some of these young lads can become.”

The Tulips will look to progress further when facing Evo-Stik League First Division South rivals Leek – who lie one place below them in the table – in the next round on November 1 but before then they seek a fourth successive league victory when travelling to Chasetown on Saturday.

Spalding lost 2-0 at home to Chasetown earlier in the season but will be looking to gain revenge.