tulips are getting stronger rock solid outfit’

Spalding United striker Tom Waumsley is seeing his hard work pay off, according to Tulips boss Pat Rayment.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Spalding United striker Tom Waumsley is seeing his hard work pay off, according to Tulips boss Pat Rayment. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Spalding United boss Pat Rayment can be forgiven for thinking he’s like a child in a sweet shop with the amount of talent at his disposal.

Evidence of the Tulips’ growing strength in depth came with a 5-1 demolition of Mickleover Sports in the first round of the Doodson Cup on Tuesday night.

Man-of-the match Tom Waumsley was on the rampage again with four goals in 40 second-half minutes and Rayment admitted it was no more than the former Bourne Town, Deeping Rangers and Holbeach United marksman deserved.

Rayment said: “It’s testimony to his hard work and if you see Tom, you wouldn’t want to play against him because he doesn’t give up and he runs from the first minute to the 90th.

“His technique isn’t the prettiest, but boy is it effective.

“At the same time, we’ve looked a little bit more solid with the personnel changes and as long as we stay solid, we’ll be dangerous all over the pitch.”

Rayment is still in the market for a new striker, but he’s also anticipating the returns of Andy Tidswell and Luke Thurlbourne to his squad.

“We’ve put in a seven-day notice for a striker, so we’ll be stronger up front,” Rayment said.

“But we’ve got Andy Tidswell to come back and also Luke Thurlbourne who’s about a week away.

“EvoStik Division One South is a competitive league but if we get all our players back, it’ll give us more stability and I’m really close to that.”

Saturday sees another revenge mission for the Tulips against a Norton United side who knocked them out of the FA Cup in September.

Rayment said: “We just didn’t work at Norton but we’ll be ready to go on Saturday.”