BOSTON TOWN 0 SPALDING UNITED 5 (Tolley 15, 31 & 77, Kennedy pen 48, pen 73): PAT Rayment waxed lyrical about his Tulips as they produced another ominous display at Tattershall Road.
A Shane Tolley hat-trick and two penalties from Luke Kennedy put UCL Premier Division rivals Boston to the sword in the Lincs FA Senior Trophy on Tuesday night, booking a trip to Sleaford Town in the last eight.
It’s now seven wins in a row for Spalding, who have scored an incredible 37 goals in that time.
Usually quite reserved in his praise, Rayment admits he was delighted with the performance of his much-fancied side – and backed star striker Tolley to get 60 for the season.
“We were very pleasing to the eye,” said the ex-Peterborough United professional. “Having drawn 3-3 there earlier in the season, this really set the record straight.
“I made a few changes and rested a few lads, which makes the result even more pleasing.
“Shane Tolley was absolutely unplayable. You’re seeing the real ability he has now, he’s finally got his fitness.
“They just couldn’t handle him, his movement was exceptional and his finishing top notch. I genuinely believe he can get 60 in this team.
“We created so many chances and probably could’ve won by seven or eight.”
With Franny Green and skipper Lee Canoville warming the bench at Tattershall Road, Jacob Joyce and Danny Steadman were handed chances from the start.
But it was leading scorer Tolley who stamped his authority on the first half, netting his 14th and 15th goals of a very productive season.
There was a problem with the Tattershall Road floodlights in the second half, but both sides agreed to play on – and Spalding duly made the game safe with a pair of spot-kicks from Kennedy, won by Tom James and Steadman.
Tolley had the last word 13 minutes from time, completing his third hat-trick for the club in seven games.
It’s a return to league action for Spalding this Saturday, with Stewarts and Lloyds Corby the visitors to the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field (3pm).
With rivals Holbeach United visiting Newport Pagnell Town and leaders St Ives hosting Deeping Rangers, it could prove to be a good weekend for the boys in blue.
But Rayment isn’t bothered about his rivals – and has insisted that nobody can match Spalding in their current mood.
The Tulips boss added: “Is our form ominous for everybody else? Without wishing to sound arrogant, it has to be.
“Holbeach and St Ives in particular have been great so far, but I’d back us to win against anyone.
“We’ve got great players and they’re working really hard for each other. Maybe I expected too much, too soon, but the team are now at the level I expect them to be at.”
Spalding will get even stronger next week, with Andy Toyne set to be recalled from his loan stint with Holbeach. Rayment told the Spalding Guardian that the classy midfielder has a “massive role” to play this season.
Tulips: Drury, Doherty, Earls, Chamberlain, Fuff, James, Steadman, Kennedy, Cotton, Tolley, Joyce (Stevens). Not used: Canoville, Green.