Rayment: We must be up for challenge

WE'LL MEET AGAIN: Lewis Webb keeps his eyes on the ball during Spalding's home win over Norton in November. Photo: TIM WILSON
WE'LL MEET AGAIN: Lewis Webb keeps his eyes on the ball during Spalding's home win over Norton in November. Photo: TIM WILSON
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Spalding United manager Pat Rayment says his squad should relish the challenges in pushing for promotion.

The Tulips take their 13-game unbeaten league run to Norton United on Saturday.

Rayment does not expect a repeat of the poor performance which saw Spalding crash out of the FA Cup away to the Staffordshire club in September.

He said: “Their exploits in the cup came on the back of beating Corby Town and then ourselves.

“That game at Norton was the most inept performance I have been part of.

“It was even worse because it came on the back of a 6-0 win at Loughborough Dynamo.

“We went from heaven to hell in a few days and I don’t know where that performance came from.

“But we still could have won the game and we only ended up losing after two horrendous mistakes.

“Norton are a decent team. I’m sure they will be looking to hit back from losing 5-2 at Coalville Town on Saturday.

“Norton are still in play-off contention but the top five is starting to take shape now.

“It’s hotting up nicely and that will bring a lot of challenges which our players should relish.

“We want to bring the best out of them by playing every Saturday and Tuesday.”

Saturday’s match will be played at Newcastle Town’s ground.

Spalding will welcome back Jordan Nuttell after allowing him to play for his former club Boston Town last weekend.

Luke Thurlbourne is ruled out with an ankle injury.

Striker Mark Jones has extended his loan at Boston United until the end of the season.

Meanwhile, Rayment put aside rivalry with Holbeach United ahead of their FA Vase tie this weekend.

He said: “I want to extend all the best wishes to them. Graham Drury is doing a good job with the players they have got.”