TULIPS: Sloppy Spalding slump to Corby loss

Mind the wide gap: Pat Rayment is not impressed with Spalding's defensive record.
Mind the wide gap: Pat Rayment is not impressed with Spalding's defensive record.
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S & L CORBY 3 (Byrne 16 & pen 90, Lawman 24) SPALDING UNITED 1 (Miller pen 60): PAT Rayment bemoaned Spalding’s poor defensive record as they slumped to a disappointing loss at Occupation Road.

The Tulips have now shipped 61 goals in the UCL Premier Division this season, the latest three coming from S & L Corby’s Michael Byrne (2) and Daryl Lawman.

Ricky Miller’s second goal in as many games did get Spalding back in the hunt for points in the second half, but a late penalty from the ten-man hosts sentenced Rayment to a third defeat from his four games in charge.

“It’s disappointing, this was the complete opposite of our win over Newport Pagnell last week,” said the ex-Peterborough United professional. “We’ve conceded three poor goals – in fact, I’m yet to see us let in a good goal.

“You can’t be shipping over 60 goals by February, I’m actually amazed at how high we are in the league with that kind of record.

“I’ve said it before, but these lads need to prove to me that they’re worthy of an invite back next season.”

Although Greg Smith tested Richard Lavin in the opening minute, Spalding started slowly and were punished when Byrne capitalised on a Danny French mistake to slot hope the opener.

It was 2-0 eight minutes later, Lawman striking after the Tulips failed to clear their lines.

Ryan O’Loughlin fired an effort wide as the visitors tried to get back into the game, before French forced a decent parry from Lavin.

After the break Miller came in for some rough treatment – which culminated in him winning and converting a penalty. The Tulips were given more encouragement when Liam Boath was sent off nine minutes from time, but a late Byrne penalty – given away by Danny Hussey – sealed the points for Corby.

Rayment did give a debut to Max Wright, who has Evo-Stik League experience with Shepshed Dynamo, in the second half.

But Tom Brady has left the club to join Wellingborough.

Tulips: Conroy, Ford, Earls, Porter, Fuff, Ashton (Hussey 70), French, Bolland (Lyon 84), Smith, Miller, O’Loughlin (Wright 77).

Saturday: Desborough Town v Tulips v (3pm).