Spalding United boss Rayment ready to strengthen squad

HIGHS AND LOWS: Sporting Khalsa celebrate at the final whistle as Mitch Griffiths, who put Spalding ahead, reflects on the Tulips' shock FA Cup exit. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG131015-172TW

HIGHS AND LOWS: Sporting Khalsa celebrate at the final whistle as Mitch Griffiths, who put Spalding ahead, reflects on the Tulips' shock FA Cup exit. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG131015-172TW

  • Tulips left to focus on promotion after shock FA Cup exit
0
Have your say

Pat Rayment has promised to strengthen Spalding United’s squad for a promotion push after their shock FA Cup exit.

The Tulips crashed out 2-1 at home to Sporting Khalsa in Tuesday’s third qualifying round replay – ending their dreams of a potential tie with a Football League club.

Spalding return to action on Saturday with a trip to Goole in the Evo-Stik League First Division South.

David Bell, Jake Newman and Charley Sanders will be back in the squad after being cup-tied. But Rayment is ready to go into the transfer market again.

Rayment said: “I have to say congratulations to Sporting Khalsa and wish them all the best in the next round.

“In both games against them we looked short of options up front, although we had an element of bad luck on Tuesday when we could have gone 2-0 or 3-0 up.

I must be very honest and say this current team is no better than we had in the UCL. As a club we want to push forward and these players are not good enough to do that.

Pat Rayment

“No disrespect to Khalsa but we got the right draw and we didn’t take advantage.

“We can bring back two forwards plus a playmaker as they were all cup-tied.

“But I’d still like to bring more players to the club.

“We can use our current league position as a springboard.

“However, I must be very honest and say this current team is no better than we had in the UCL.

“As a club we want to push forward and these players are not good enough to do that.

“Of course, I will take full responsibility for that and I will bring in replacements who are good enough.

“I doubt whether we will be able to do deals for Saturday but we will be going back to a traditional way of playing.

“We’ve only lost once in the league this season and the FA Cup has gone now.

“We need more attacking players because every game has gone to the final whistle when we should have scored more goals.

“We’ve got to bounce back and I expect to see significant changes.

“We have not produced any real passages of play in our games either.

“We need to start kicking on, starting at Goole.”

Meanwhile, Spalding have rearranged the home game against Shaw Lane Aquaforce for Tuesday, October 27.