Tulips boss after a ‘full glass’ in the FA Cup

Spalding United striker Charley Sanders (right) is congratulated for his winning goal by Dan Banister.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Spalding United striker Charley Sanders (right) is congratulated for his winning goal by Dan Banister. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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Ambitious Spalding United boss Pat Rayment is demanding more from his players going into Saturday’s big FA Cup clash against Nantwich Town.

The Tulips returned to winning ways with a 2-1 EvoStik Division One South success over Belper Town on Tuesday night.

In terms of where we currently are, we can’t have any complaints - but in terms of our glass, we need about another 50 per cent.

Spalding United manager Pat Rayment

But Rayment insists that Spalding’s glass is only half full despite only losing one of their opening six games in the league.

Rayment said: “We still feel as though we have got the right players at this football club, but our performances have been very fragmented.

“The players are as bothered and frustrated about it as I am as manager. We need to be a lot better.

“At the moment I feel our glass is only half full. In terms of where we currently are we can’t have any complaints but in terms of our glass we need about another 50 per cent.

“I keep saying that we’ve got a young team but they have got to grow up quickly. What we’ve got to do is make games more safe. It will come and we will get the balance right.

“As long as we keep working hard it will happen. It’s not as though we are trying to put square pegs in round holes so to speak.

“If you don’t play younger players then they don’t get the experience and don’t become better for it.

“When we do light ourselves up and get it right it will put us on a completely different level to the opposition.”

On Saturday, the Tulips turn their attentions to the FA Cup when they host Nantwich Town at the Sir Halley Stewart Field.

The high-flying Northern Premier League outfit hold no fears for Rayment and his young squad.

“We’ve got a another home game against a team in a league above us, but that doesn’t worry us in the slightest,” admitted Rayment.

“Nantwich are not going to look forward to coming to us and the tie offers us a good opportunity to make further progress.

“You always get a lower-tier non-league club get to the first round proper of the FA Cup so why can’t it be us this season?

“The financial carrot in the competition is phenomenal.”

Rayment has been doing his homework on The Dabbers, thanks to some advice from Stamford boss David Staff, whose side lost 5-2 to them on the opening day of the campaign.

“They are a good side who score goals and concede goals too,” said Rayment, whose side stand to earn £3,000 if they can triumph in Saturday’s tie.

“We are at home and we won’t be changing the way we play.

“The only thing I do want to change is the amount of soft goals which we are conceding – that is something which has to stop.”

The Tulips are sweating on the fitness of Michael Frew with Charley Sanders cup-tied for the game.