KEMPSTON ROVERS 4 (Farmer 12, 65 & 71, Jarrold 47) SPALDING UNITED 2 (O’Loughlin 80, French 88): PAT Rayment rated his toiling Tulips at three out of ten after this Kempston crushing on Saturday.
A hat-trick from Ash Farmer and Jordan Jarrold’s stunning strike sunk Spalding at Hillgrounds Leisure, rendering late goals from Ryan O’Loughlin and Danny French mere consolation.
Having impressed in a 3-2 defeat at UCL Premier Division leaders King’s Lynn the previous weekend, the Tulips never came close to reproducing that kind of form.
“As good as we were at Lynn, we were that bad and more on Saturday,” admitted Rayment, who is still looking for his first point as Spalding manager. “It was just a poor, poor performance.
“We’ve got nine games to go and it’s down to these lads to impress me. I wasn’t impressed with what I saw and some of the other lads will get a game this weekend.
“They’re a young bunch, but will need to learn that I expect a certain level of performance.
“If I had to rate it, I’d say we went from eight or nine out of ten to about three.
“There seems to be a Jekyll and Hyde nature to Spalding’s results this season and this was another example of it.”
For the second time this season, Spalding found themselves largely outplayed by an accomplished Kempston team, who were plying their trade two levels below them this time last year.
The Tulips were chasing the game from as early as the 11th minute, when Farmer applied the finishing touch to a great passing movement down the left side.
Ricky Miller, still lacking in fitness and match practice, did have the ball in the home net after 15 minutes but his effort was ruled out after a late flag by a referee’s assistant.
Spalding keeper Nick Conroy denied Farmer a second goal, while at the other end Matt Brady was just off target with a snap shot following a French corner.
Inside the first minute of the second half the home side had increased their lead, Jarrold’s piledriver from fully 35 yards crashing into the net off the far post.
A third goal followed on 64 minutes from the ever lively Farmer and he completed his hat-trick five minutes later, outpacing substitute Alex Lyon before slotting comfortably past Conroy.
O’Loughlin reduced arrears with a far post header from a Josh Ford cross on 80 minutes, while a Dan French special in the dying seconds added an element of respectability to the scoreline.
Rayment has at least added some fresh blood to the ranks, with left sider Ben Porter agreeing to sign from UCL rivals Peterborough Northern Star.
Tulips: Conroy, Ford, Earls, Thompson, Fuff, Ashton, French, Brady (Harris 68), Smith (O’Loughlin 68), Mowbray (Lyon (68), Miller. Not used: Cherry, Hussey.
Tulips’ MOTM: Ashton.
• Saturday: Tulips v St Ives (3pm).
• SHDC tight-lipped over Halley Stewart future – see page 3.