Rayment: ‘Basically we’ve blown it’

ON THE ATTACK: Matty Nolan put Spalding ahead on Tuesday night but Tividale's equaliser knocked the Tulips out of the play-off pack. Photo: Caroline Wells
ON THE ATTACK: Matty Nolan put Spalding ahead on Tuesday night but Tividale's equaliser knocked the Tulips out of the play-off pack. Photo: Caroline Wells

Spalding United have been left with “an outside chance” of a play-off place – but boss Pat Rayment admits: “Basically we’ve blown it.”

The Tulips dropped out of the top five following Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at Tividale.

They head to Romulus on Saturday for the final game of the Evo-Stik League First Division South season.

Victory would be enough to revive their promotion hope if Gresley or Sutton Coldfield Town fail to win.

A draw would only put Spalding into the play-offs if Sutton Coldfield lose away to Norton United.

But Rayment accepts he’s looking towards next season as he feels Spalding should have already secured a play-off semi-final spot.

He said: “The players’ performances over the last three games have taken their fate out of our own hands.

“We’ve never looked like scoring more than one goal and we haven’t worked hard enough either.

“I will take responsibility because I have brought these players to the club. But some of them won’t be here next season and there will have to be a lot of changes.

“At this moment in time we are not good enough. Some of the players are not fit and it’s scandalous with the money we are paying them if they are not looking after themselves away from football.

“I’m disappointed and now I’m looking at next season.

“Yes, I know we’ve still got an outside chance but we also know that we should be in the play-offs now.

“We’ve only got ourselves to blame for this. The players have to take responsibility for the level of performance over those three games.

“A few of them talk a good game but they don’t back it up on the pitch.

“I’m not angry but I do feel so frustrated. Basically we’ve blown it.”