Spalding United boss Pat Rayment has backed Ryan Oliver to bounce back from the disappointment of missing a sitter during the 1-1 draw at Chasetown in the Evo-Stik League First Division South on Saturday.
The former Deeping Rangers striker missed an opportunity he would normally have finished but Rayment was still happy with a draw against a side who had won 2-0 at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field earlier in the season.
Rayment side: “There are not many teams who will win at Chasetown so I am happy with a point.
“We would have lost that game a few weeks ago but we are slowly getting there.
“We had the better opportunities and only Ryan knows how he didn’t score.
“He had already turned away to celebrate a goal but I have no doubts he will bounce back.
“I come from an era where strikers could miss chances and were never criticised, but the defenders got hammered as soon as they made a mistake.
“Ryan knows he should have scored but I am sure he will get his fair share of goals.”
Rayment’s team selection headache was made easier as in-form striker Tom Waumsley was named on the bench due to a heavy cold while recent signing Jordan Nuttell still wasn’t fully fit following a hamstring injury.
But leading scorer Andrew Tidswell rescued a point for the Tulips, who travel to Leek in the FA Trophy on Saturday.