Tulips plan to tweak team for Trophy tie

Lewis Webb (top), Lee Clarke, Tom Waumsley, Jamie Stevens and Jordan Hempenstall celebrate Spalding United's opening goal in their 2-0 win over Rainworth Miners Welfare on Saturday.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Lewis Webb (top), Lee Clarke, Tom Waumsley, Jamie Stevens and Jordan Hempenstall celebrate Spalding United's opening goal in their 2-0 win over Rainworth Miners Welfare on Saturday. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Pat Rayment is expected to ring the changes when Spalding United play their rearranged Lincolnshire FA Senior Trophy quarter-final at Stamford tonight.

Andrew Tidswell, Jack McGovern and Jordan Nuttell, who all came on as substitutes in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Rainworth Miners Welfare, are in line to start against the Daniels who play in the Evo-Stik League Premier Division.

Central defender Nathan Stainfield – who failed a fitness test on Saturday – could also start, along with former Deeping Rangers 
striker Ryan Oliver.

Rayment said: “All the players who didn’t start (against Rainworth) will start tonight and Nathan Stainfield may come back in.

“We didn’t pick up any knocks, which is pleasing, and I look at it (Stamford) as a game where we want to keep our run going.

“We’ve got nothing to prove against higher league opposition, Stamford know that as well, and it’s just a chance to keep this unbelievable run going.”

The Tulips made it 15 league games unbeaten with second-half goals from Tom Waumsley, his 18th goal of the season, and McGovern.

Rayment said: “It wasn’t pretty, admittedly, but we won 2-0 and kept a clean sheet.

“We did the best that we could and the longer we go on this run, the harder it’s going to get.

“But that’s going to bring the best out of players and it’s like a counter-punching boxer.

“If we have to take the fight to someone, I don’t think that we get the best out of us.

“But if someone comes at us then we can counter-punch and knock them out, even though we don’t want to be like that.

”We’re still not playing at the top of our game but we’re making it very difficult for teams to play against us.”