Pat Rayment is confident that the good times are coming back to Spalding United after guiding them to their first trophy in eight years.
Monday’s emphatic 4-0 UCL Knockout Cup triumph over St Ives is the Tulips’ first piece of silverware since an East Anglia Cup victory in 2005 and caps the club’s best season in close to a decade.
And Rayment expects the victory to spark a golden era at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field.
He said: “I thought, barring the first 20 minutes, we played some great football. Make no mistake, St Ives were desperate to win – so beating them 4-0 is no mean feat.
“The trophy is for all those people that work tirelessly at Spalding United behind the scenes. They deserve it as much as the players. But it’s nice for the lads, as they did enough to get promoted. Barring a clerical error, it’d be a double celebration for us.
“The UCL isn’t an easy league and this year has been a bit of a learning curve for us, with so many players not used to playing in it.
“We’ll be better equipped next time around and I expect us to improve in every competition. We want to win the league, go further in the FA Vase and retain this cup.”
Rayment also offered a nod of approval to fierce rivals Holbeach United, who won the UCL Premier Division and Lincs FA Senior Trophy, making it a memorable campaign for the area.
And the Tulips chief admits that it has been a top season for the neighbouring duo. He said: “For us and Holbeach to hold all the big trophies is very impressive. The punters can’t have asked for any more and the rivalry has been a healthy one.”