Time’s up on toothless Tulips

FAIR DEAL: Spalding United director of football Bob Don Duncan accepts the EvoStik League Division One Fair Play Award for January from league representative John Beaumont.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
FAIR DEAL: Spalding United director of football Bob Don Duncan accepts the EvoStik League Division One Fair Play Award for January from league representative John Beaumont. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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Spalding United manager Pat Rayment plans to take another dip into his club’s transfer kitty after losing patience with his faltering strikeforce.

The Tulips boss was scathing in his criticism of strikers Andrew Tidswell, Ryan Oliver, Tom Waumsley and Jordan Nuttell after seeing his side’s 15-game unbeaten league run come to an end with a 2-0 home defeat to West Midlands side Tividale on Saturday.

Spalding United left back Adam Jackson who is facing a three-game ban after being sent off against Tividale on Saturday.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Spalding United left back Adam Jackson who is facing a three-game ban after being sent off against Tividale on Saturday. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Spalding’s deficiencies in front of goal were magnified by the fact that their best chances to score fell to right-back and club captain Michael Leary whose one success in converting was ruled out for offside.

Rayment said: “That was poor from us, very poor, and we let ourselves down big time.

“They (Tividale) got the goals and killed the game from their point of view.

“We weren’t good enough to break them down and it’s two games on the bounce where we can’t put the ball in the back of the net.

“I’m going to have to do something about it – and I will.”

The Tulips weren’t helped by a knee injury suffered by striker Jordan Hempenstall – badly missed in Saturday’s defeat – who is expected to be out for about six weeks.

What made Rayment’s miserable day even worse was the fact that on-loan strikers Mark Jones and new signing Nathan Adams scored for Boston United and Yaxley respectively on Saturday.

“We haven’t been playing well over the last three or four games and I don’t know whether some of them (the players) think we’re over the line,” Rayment claimed.

“They’ve got to accept that teams will raise their game against us and for Tividale, it’s as if they won the FA Cup or the league, coming here and 
beating us 2-0.

“Tividale deserved it and we weren’t good enough. We could have played till nine o’clock at night on Saturday, we still wouldn’t have scored.”