IT’S TIME TO CELEBRATE

Spalding United are finally crowned UCL Premier Division champions on Saturday.''ENGANL00120130212092311
Spalding United are finally crowned UCL Premier Division champions on Saturday.''ENGANL00120130212092311
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Spalding United will get their hands on the United Counties League Premier Division trophy on Saturday and boss Pat Rayment hopes his side will produce a performance fit for the occasion.

The Tulips have enjoyed a fantastic season but let their high standards slip last weekend when suffering their first away defeat of the campaign.

They lost 2-0 at second-placed Huntingdon Town but get a quick chance to gain revenge when their conquerors arrive at the Sir Halley Stewart Field for the return clash.

Rayment was fuming after that toothless display but is confident his players will put it behind them and rise to the occasion on Saturday.

He said: “If we perform as well as we can we will win, and that’s no disrespect to Huntingdon.

“Last week some of the players let me and the club down and I expect much better on Saturday.

“Like all managers I don’t like to lose, but I can accept defeat if we have performed. Last week we didn’t.

“Just because we had already clinched the title doesn’t mean they didn’t have to earn their money.

“We are down to the bare bones at the moment. Adam Jackson and Jonny Allen are unavailable while James Stevens will have a late fitness test on the groin injury that forced him to come off last week.

“Thankfully Chris Hall is fit enough to come back in but we will probably only have Danny Hussey and Marcus Ebdon on the bench.

“We have a very strong starting eleven and I hope we can produce a good performance before receiving the trophy after the match.”

The Tulips conclude their superb campaign when travelling to local rivals Deeping Rangers on Monday.