Spalding United boss Pat Rayment: We will get better

Michael Frew battles for the ball against Loughborough Dynamo
Michael Frew battles for the ball against Loughborough Dynamo

Pat Rayment is expecting to see a big improvement from Spalding United.

The Tulips face Tividale at the Sir Halley Stewart Field on Saturday after picking up four points from the first week of the season.

They followed up the 1-1 draw at Romulus by beating Loughborough Dynamo 2-0 on Tuesday night.

Josh Moreman’s deflected drive put Spalding ahead on seven minutes and substitute Jordan Nuttell headed home to seal victory.

Tulips boss Rayment said: “I was extremely pleased with the result, especially keeping a clean sheet.

“We will get better. But I thought it was a fair reflection as we missed some great chances to go 2-0 up earlier in the game.

“We started so well but we lack experience and then we stopped doing what we are good at.

“We have seen a different side where we dug in well against a team coming here on the back of a 6-1 victory which was a big confidence boost.

“I’m sure we are going to get stronger with this group of players and new recruits which we will be bringing in to strengthen the squad with experience.

“We are playing without a recognised centre-half and we need to bring one in because on odd occasions it will catch up on us.

“Neal Spafford spent two years at Gainsborough Trinity earlier in his career and now he’s looking to get back to that level.

“I’m happy with our start but we’re not getting carried away.

“Last season Tividale were a big, physical side but now we’ve got more energy in our team.

“If we play at a high tempo then it gives us a chance in every game.”

Rayment added that the Tulips are looking at a couple of defensive options to bring into the squad.

Nathan Stainfield is due to return from coaching in America at the end of this month having fully recovered from injury problems.

Spalding had agreed a loan deal for King’s Lynn Town defender Ryan Fryatt who was expected to make his debut against Loughborough.

However, an injury in the Linnets squad meant Fryatt played at left-back during Monday’s 2-0 defeat away to Hitchin Town in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.

First-team coach Danny Hussey – who deputised at centre-back last Saturday against Romulus – and young midfielder Sam Murphy are both unavailable this weekend.