Spalding United preview: ‘We are still striving for that spark’

Mitch Griffiths
Mitch Griffiths

Spalding United are still searching for a cure to their travel sickness as they head to newly-promoted Basford United tonight.

The Tulips recorded a third successive away draw in the Evo-Stik League First Division South thanks to new signing Nialle Rodney’s equaliser at Market Drayton Town on Saturday.

Seventh-placed Spalding are ahead of Basford on goal-difference but the Nottingham side have already suffered a hat-trick of home defeats.

Boss Pat Rayment said: “We can’t afford to pay that much attention to the opposition until we get going ourselves.

“We don’t look like losing or winning games. We’ve got to do more all over the pitch and open up other teams.

“We know enough about Basford. They are similiar to Shaw Lane Aquaforce in terms of being newly promoted with a good budget and it’s all about finding their feet in this league.

“We were in that position last year. Right now, though, we are still striving for that spark which is missing from our play.

“I have to say that I felt disappointed not to come away with all three points from Market Drayton on Saturday.

“We had chances to win the game but we didn’t have a real cutting edge.

“We conceded a very poor goal through a lack of communication with two people going for the ball.

“Nialle took his goal well but he has been out of the game for 10 months so he will need to get that sharpness back.

“There is more to come from him but at least he got a point for us on Saturday.

“I was very disappointed with our second half because we never got the ball down to put together more than a couple of passes. We’re not geared to going long ball.

“Even though Market Drayton had not conceded in three successive league wins, that’s two points dropped for us.

“We got good draws away to Romulus and Sheffield when we were 2-0 up with 20 minutes to go. We need that first away league win soon.”

Mitch Griffiths continues to serve a three-match ban which also keeps him out of Saturday’s trip to Coalville Town in the Emirates FA Cup second qualifying round.