Rayment: This squad can win the league title

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Spalding United manager Pat Rayment watched his side rise to the highest league position in their history and then declared: This squad can win the league.

The in-form Tulips moved up to fourth in the Evo-Stik League First Division South with a 2-0 win at Stocksbridge Park Steels and Rayment is now challenging his side to maintain their momentum.

It was a fourth league win on the trot for Spalding but they can’t afford to take their foot of the gas when welcoming Romulus to the Sir Halley Stewart Field on Saturday.

Romulus are unbeaten in their last seven league matches but Spalding top the form table and will be looking to pick up another three points.

Rayment said: “It is nice to be in the highest position in the club’s history but it will mean more if people are saying that at the end of the season.

“But fourth place is not good enough. Third is not good enough, second is not good enough.

“The play-offs are not good enough so only winning the league will do, and this squad is good enough to win the title.

“We have a bit of everything in this squad. We have pace, we can play good football, we have strength, and we can create chances and score goals throughout the team.

“It’s been hard work getting here and it will be hard work keeping it going but winning matches – or at least not losing them – can become a habit and it’s a nice one to get into.

“We might find, as we did in the UCL last season, that some teams set themselves up against us just trying to avoid defeat and that presents another challenge.”

Rayment will ring the changes on Tuesday night when the Tulips host Coalville Town in the Doodson Cup, having beaten them 2-1 in both league matches this season.

Andrew Tidswell, Ryan Oliver, Luke Thurlbourne, Jordan Nuttell and Alex Pycock will start, but Nathan Stainfield will be rested after getting a knock on his knee.

Rayment insists: “We now have such a good squad that we can bring players in without weakening the squad. We now have game-changing substitutes.”