Reaching for a higher level

Spalding United's Lee Clarke goes for goal against Barwell in the Tulips 4-1 Doodson Sports Cup win at Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field.''Photo by Tim Wilson.
Spalding United's Lee Clarke goes for goal against Barwell in the Tulips 4-1 Doodson Sports Cup win at Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field.''Photo by Tim Wilson.
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Spalding United have taken to life in Evo-Stik Division One South like a duck to water – but boss Pat Rayment is aiming even higher.

Evidence of the Tulips’ potential for better things came with their 4-1 demolition of Premier Division outfit Barwell in the third round of the Doodson Sport Cup on Tuesday night.

Indeed the only disappointment about Spalding’s romp over the Kirkby Roaders was that only 64 fans were there to see it.

Rayment said: “We were at it against Barwell and we could have won by more, so I don’t think that 4-1 flattered us in any way, shape or form.

“It’s progress for us but with the ability I’ve got in our changing room, I expect it.

“One of the Barwell coaches was quite staggered by the level of players we’ve got, but they rose to the high standard Barwell are at.

“There’s another two levels the players at this club can go to and I welcome the Doodson Cup because it’s very advantageous for us to play on Saturdays and Tuesdays all the way through the season.

“The way that I can rotate the squad gives everyone valuable game time and I’ve still got Jordan Hempenstall, Jamie Thurlbourne and Jordan Nuttell to come back into the frame.”

On Saturday Spalding host Sheffield who are 16th in Division One but who beat the Tulips 4-3 in the Steel City three months ago.

Rayment said: “A couple of players have got knocks but I think I’ll have a full entourage to choose from.

“When we played Sheffield, we saw some of the most calamitous defending I’ve seen for a long, long time.

“We gifted them four goals but that’s all behind us now.

“Will Sheffield relish coming here? I don’t think so.”