Points target for play-offs

SAFE HANDS: Spalding goalkeeper Michael Duggan punches the ball clear during Saturday's goalless draw at Stafford Rangers. Photo: Garry Griffiths
SAFE HANDS: Spalding goalkeeper Michael Duggan punches the ball clear during Saturday's goalless draw at Stafford Rangers. Photo: Garry Griffiths

Six more wins should be enough to secure a play-off place for Spalding United, according to manager Pat Rayment.

The Tulips have dropped out of the top five in the Evo-Stik League First Division South after failing to score in both games so far this month.

Rayment believes they could still challenge for the title by winning the next four fixtures.

But the main focus is on an 80-point target to extend the season into the promotion play-offs.

Rayment said: “There are eight teams going for the top five places.

“I believe six wins out of our last 11 league games would get us into the play-offs with 80 points.

“It’s up to us to win our games in hand because some teams above us have been allowed to carry on full steam ahead when we should have been given more midweek matches.

“This is ‘squeaky bum time’ and it’s all about results. I’m a great believer that you can’t carry on playing poorly and get away with it.

“We are nowhere near how good we were in December and January.

“Collectively we’ve got to improve our performances. There is no magic wand – it’s about the determination of the players.”

Spalding have a double-header with Goole at home on Saturday and away on Tuesday.

Jordan Hempenstall and Jordan Nuttell are ruled out through injury but Nathan Stainfield is expected to be fit following a badly cut eyebrow in last weekend’s goalless draw at Stafford Rangers.

Matty Nolan has served a suspension and Gregg Smith will be back from his ban for the trip to Goole.

The loan deals have run out with Lincoln City pair Alex Simmons and Elliot Hodge.