Waumsley aims to maintain run

Tom Waumsley
Tom Waumsley

In-form Spalding United striker Tom Waumsley admits his first season in the Evo-Stik League First Division South has gone far better than he could have hoped for.

The Tulips hotshot has banged in 14 goals in all competitions, including six in his last three games, but he knows the array of striking talent at the Sir Halley Stewart Field means he can not afford to rest on his laurels.

Jordan Hempenstall arrived from Premier Division side Grantham Town last week and prolific marksman Andy Tidswell will be fit for Saturday’s home clash with fifth-placed Stafford Rangers.

Add Jordan Nuttell and former Deeping Rangers hotshot Ryan Oliver to the mix and you can understand why Waumsley is not taking his place in the team for granted.

He said: “I have always worked hard but I know I have to keep playing well here because of the competition for places.

“When I joined Spalding I was just hoping I could establish myself in the team. I didn’t set myself any goal targets but it has definitely gone better than I could have expected.

“I have really enjoyed it here and things are going so well for me, but I know I have to keep working hard because there are some very good strikers here.

“When I got a hat-trick against Rainworth earlier in the season it was during a spell where I scored seven in four matches, and now I have got six in my last three games, so hopefully I will keep it going on Saturday.”

Waumsley has taken the step up from the United Counties League in his stride and seems certain to finish the season with his best-ever goal tally.

He added: “I scored 18 with Holbeach United last season and have 14 so far this term, and I am delighted I made the move.

“I just couldn’t turn down the chance to test myself at a higher level when Spalding came in for me and we’re starting to play well now.

“It won’t be easy on Saturday as Stafford are fifth in the table, but hopefully I can help us record another win.”