Rayment delighted with Tulips

Scorers Tom Waumsley and Jack McGovern
Scorers Tom Waumsley and Jack McGovern
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Spalding United manager Pat Rayment praised his side after they came from behind to record a fourth successive home league win on Saturday.

Rayment, who guided the Tulips to the UCL title last season, believes his side are now finding their feet in the Evo-Stik League First Division South.

They lie seventh in the table after a 2-1 victory over a Norton side who had knocked them out of the FA Cup earlier in the season with in-form striker Tom Waumsley once again finding the net.

Waumsley, a summer signing from Holbeach United, followed his four-goal display against Mickleover Sports in midweek with the leveller as he netted his 14th goal of the campaign – eight of them in the league.

Rayment is delighted with the form of the young striker, but felt it was a good all-round team display that earned the points on Saturday.

He said: “It is testament to the players that we showed the spirit to come from behind to win.

“Four or five weeks ago we would have lost that game but that shows the progress we have made.

“We are looking very strong and we should have won by more as Jordan Nuttell missed a one-on-one while Tom Waumsley got in the way of a Jack McGovern shot that was going in.”

Rayment is delighted with the impact Waumsley has made this season, having top-scored for the Tigers last term.

He added: “What Tom has achieved is down to two things. He takes on board what Marcus Ebdon and I say to him and he gives it everything he has got.

“He is still a little rough around the edges but his work-rate is second to none and he is getting better all the time.

“His build-up play has improved and I am so pleased with him.”

New signing Jordan Hempenstall made his Tulips debut as a substitute after completing his move from Grantham, the second time Rayment has raided the cash-strapped Premier Division outfit in recent weeks.

He links up with former team-mate McGovern, who netted Spalding’s winner with a fine free-kick on Saturday, but Rayment warns it will take time for the pair to hit top form.

He explained: “Grantham play a different system to us so they both need to get used to the way we play.

“Jack has started well but there is more to come from him once he is more used to playing wih us.

“Jordan Hempenstall is in the same boat but he raises the bar for the strikers here.

“Jordan Nuttell has done well in recent weeks so I felt he deserved to start on Saturday.

“Ryan Oliver has been a bit unlucky but his chance will come.

“Andy Tidswell will be fit for Saturday, so we are in a good position with our strikers, and Luke Thurlbourne will return to the squad so it’s all looking good at the moment.”

Matt Kennedy, a recent signing from Boston Town, has followed Kern Miller out the exit door.

Miller last week joined Holbeach while Kennedy has linked up with Louth.