Tulips boosted by double deal

Lewis Webb congratulates Tom Waumsley who scored the winner on Saturday
Lewis Webb congratulates Tom Waumsley who scored the winner on Saturday
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Spalding United have added two Boston-based players and allowed Mark Jones to leave in a three-month loan deal.

The Tulips signed Boston Town youngster Jordan Nuttell and former Boston United goalkeeper Alex Pycock who studies at Loughborough University and had been playing at Loughborough Dynamo.

Jones has rejoined the Pilgrims in a bid to regain full fitness and play regularly after starting one game for Spalding so far this term.

Manager Pat Rayment said: “We have been keeping our eyes on locally-based players and we feel the timing is right for Jordan.

“Hopefully this move will provide a platform for him to kick on because he has all the attributes to be a good player.

“Alex has joined us to give competition for Michael Duggan because I like to have two goalkeepers and Tom Roberts has gone to Peterborough Northern Star.

“I’m also in talks with a midfielder and a wide player who we could sign before Saturday.

“I know people will ask why Jones has gone back to Boston when he can’t get in our team.

“He was on the end of an X-rated tackle in the last game of last season and he had to work on the injury.

“By his own admission he stopped that work and then suffered a recurrence.

“So he has been playing a bit of catch-up and our other strikers are ahead of him on merit. The loan deal is in the best interests of the player.”

Spalding are on the road on Tuesday night to Rainworth Miners Welfare in search of a third successive win in the Evo-Stik League First Division South.

They beat Coalville Town 2-1 on Saturday with goals by Andy Tidswell and Tom Waumsley.

Rayment said: “It was hard work but we have to be pleased because all I’ve spoken about is games we should have won.

“The players worked hard enough and I can’t knock them for that.

“One of the top things we’ve got to do is play well and win games because we’ve been playing well but lost.

“We’re on a two-game roll but can we make it three, four, five or six?

“We’ve changed the way that we play slightly because we’ve had a bit of a background check on other managers who have been telling their teams how to play against us.

“We’re a bit more direct and we still need to get to a point where everyone is confident, even if we don’t play particularly well.

“We expect Tidswell to be composed (for the first goal) and he’s now got his sharpness back. But he’s a slight doubt for Tuesday night with a tight hamstring.

“Ryan Oliver has to get himself up to a level of fitness while Waumsley reminds me a lot of Shaun Keeble. He’s one of the most hard-working 
strikers who never gives things up and he’s had more goalscoring chances than any other player at this club.

“Based on performances to date, we should be comfortably in the top five. But it’s all right getting there, it’s about staying there.”