Rayment: Tulips squad will only get stronger

Spalding manager Pat Rayment
Spalding manager Pat Rayment

“We will only get stronger 
– and that’s a warning to the rest of the teams in this league.”

So says Spalding United boss Pat Rayment as they aim for a fifth successive 
win against Newcastle Town in the Evo-Stik League First Division South on Saturday.

The Tulips are boosted by the arrival of Ryan Oliver while fellow frontman Mark Jones is back in the squad.

Central defender Nathan Stainfield is likely to return on Tuesday at Loughborough 
Dynamo after injury.

However, midfielder Luke Thurlbourne could be out for six weeks with an 
ankle injury.

Rayment said: “That’s a massive loss but we are 
getting stronger as a squad.

“We are now where we should have been at the end of pre-season.

“We have a nice mixture 
of physicality, pace and 
football ability.”

Meanwhile, Spalding will be away to Norton United in the FA Cup second qualifying round a week on Saturday.

The Staffordshire side beat Rayment’s former club Corby Town 2-1 in a midweek replay.