Teenage talent named in Spalding United squad for FA Cup tie

Pat Rayment
Pat Rayment
  • Prolific goalscorer Jonny (16) could make first-team debut on Saturday

Moulton Chapel teenager Jonny Lockie is included in the Spalding United squad for their FA Cup third qualifying round tie against Sporting Khalsa in the West Midlands on Saturday.

The 16-year-old joined the Tulips at the start of this season to play in their newly-formed under-18 team and quickly made his mark as a prolific goalscorer.

His talent was soon spotted and a move upwards to the reserve team followed.

Manager Pat Rayment, who also manages the under-18 team, has monitored Lockie’s progress throughout and says he had no hesitation in naming him in the squad for Saturday.

Rayment said: “He is an exceptional talent, skilful, fast moving and with a natural goalscoring ability.

“He has trained with the first team and has never looked out of his depth. I have no hesitation in taking him with us on Saturday.”

He is an exceptional talent, skilful, fast moving and with a natural goalscoring ability.

Spalding United manager Pat Rayment

His unique talent has seen him become a regular in Kev Nottingham’s side and he continues to knock in the goals.

Nottingham said: “Jonny is obviously an under-18 player where he is scoring goals for fun at the moment and has considerable talent and pace to burn as a striker.

“He joined us in the reserve team two or three games into the season. He scored on his debut and is now on five from six starts.

“He has become a reguar player for us and he’s learning his way in adult football. He has found it a lot more physical than he has been used to but he has ridden the knocks and is now starting to look more confident and comfortable.

“Any sort of involvement on Saturday with the first team will obviously give him a huge lift as a player and gives him experience in the game which will benefit him greatly.

“He is a huge part of the reserve-team squad and massive to our plans for promotion this season.

“We wish him and Pat’s boys all the best for Saturday. Do the club proud again!”

Lockie’s journey in the game began with Thorney Colts under-9s then onto Crowland for four seasons followed by a spell at Pinchbeck. Last season at Holbeach he finished as leading scorer.

Mum Sheila said: “Jonny has now begun a new adventure with Spalding and he’s looking forward to the challenges ahead.”