Seven up for promotion bid

Tom Waumsley turns away to celebrate his midweek goal
Tom Waumsley turns away to celebrate his midweek goal

Pat Rayment expects seven successive wins to send Spalding United into the promotion play-offs.

The Tulips manager is full of confidence for the run-in as they prepare for Saturday’s trip to relegation-threatened Market Drayton Town.

Spalding are only outside the top five on goals scored behind Gresley in the Evo-Stik League First Division South.

They took an early two-goal lead through Avelino Vieira and Tom Waumsley at home to league leaders Mickleover Sports on Tuesday night – only for veteran Gary Ricketts to rescue a draw with a late double.

Rayment reflected: “We had players ruled out but that was the brightest we have been all season.

“We scored two good goals and we were too much for them with our tempo in the first half as we went 2-0 up.

“The turning point came when we should have made it 3-0 and then we conceded two poor goals from our point of view.

“Was a draw a fair result? Of course I’m going to be biased and say we probably deserved to win it.

“We showed what we are capable of against a top team.

“But it’s never been about our ability. We know we have to work harder and show great application.

“I have no hesitation in saying we will win all of our remaining games if we play like we did on Tuesday.

“It comes down to having the work ethic out there.”

This weekend Spalding will be boosted by the return of Mitch Griffiths, Matty Nolan, Jamie Thurlbourne and Nathan Adams.

Despite fears that he would not play again this season, defender Nathan Stainfield may recover after injections to clear up inflammation around his knee.