‘Totally inept and very poor’

Matt Bell scores the winner for Leek
Matt Bell scores the winner for Leek

Spalding United manager Pat Rayment wants to “move on” after a display described as “totally inept and very poor” left them to focus on the league.

The Tulips crashed out of the FA Trophy with a 2-1 midweek defeat at home to Leek Town in the first qualifying round replay.

The sides meet again at the Sir Halley Stewart Field on Saturday in the Evo-Stik League First Division South for their third date in eight days.

Rayment was furious with Tuesday’s performance which saw Spalding squander an early advantage.

He said: “They wanted it more than us.

“It’s not about going out – it’s about the manner of losing the game.

“For a couple of players, the level of performance they have given lately can’t be allowed to go on.

“We got a result at Leek on Saturday and made them travel for three-and-a-half hours for the replay.

“In the last 20 minutes, after they went ahead, we just didn’t get hold of the ball and I didn’t recognise the players as my team.

“Leek did what we should have done. The bottom line is that it wasn’t a pretty game to watch and we deserved to be knocked out.

“Hopefully the players will come to the party on Saturday and give a response by making sure we get three points.

“Since I’ve been here our exits from cup competitions have come through quite inept performances.

“It’s really hard to take but that is done now. We have got to move on and get prepared for Saturday.”

Before Saturday’s home game, Tulips officials will be presented with the First Division South fair play award for October.