SPALDING UNITED 1 (Good 58) ST IVES TOWN 2 (Washington 35 & 59): PAT Rayment lamented two “appalling” Conor Washington goals as Spalding suffered a third UCL Premier Division loss on the spin.
The Tulips’ chief did hail what was a much-improved display at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field, with Ben Good firing his first goal since returning to the fold.
But the nature of Washington’s Saturday double rankled with Rayment, who admits he’s never seen such sloppy defending in his entire footballing career.
“We conceded two appalling goals,” admitted the former professional. “It’s getting comical, we just give stupid goals away all the time.
“It’s a nasty Achilles heel that we’ve got. We have to work incredibly hard to score, yet the opposition has to do very little. I’ve never seen anything like it.
“We did battle much harder though and I’d say we deserved something from the game.
“They are one of the toughest teams in the league and we pushed them all the way. But you can’t expect to get anything when you concede goals like we did.”
After a low-key start, teenage hot-shot Washington – who is attracting interest from a number of Football League clubs – dinked home the opener on 35 minutes.
Spalding deservedly levelled just before the hour though, man-of-the-match Good getting on the end of Max Wright’s cross to power a header into the roof of the net.
Parity lasted less than 60 seconds, with Washington netting at the second attempt after Nick Conroy spilled his intitial effort.
The defeat made it six games on the trot without a win for the Tulips.
Tulips: Conroy, Ford, Hussey, Porter, Fuff, Ashton, French, Bolland, Good, James, Wright. Not used: Allen, Lyon, Woods, Coaten.