Rayment keen to sign striker

Spalding Utd chairman Chris Toynton and secretary Audrey Fletcher accept the EvoStik Division One South Fair Play Award for October from league director Andrew Wain.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Spalding Utd chairman Chris Toynton and secretary Audrey Fletcher accept the EvoStik Division One South Fair Play Award for October from league director Andrew Wain. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Spalding United boss Pat Rayment watched his side score four goals against Leek Town on Saturday and then revealed he hopes to bring in another striker this week.

Rayment has put in seven days for a step three striker who he says will ‘raise the bar’ for his side.

Rayment saw his side turn on the style on Saturday with a 4-1 win over Leek to gain revenge for their midweek exit from the FA Trophy at the hands of the same opposition, but he is keen to bring more consistency from the Tulips.

The return to the club of Jamie Stevens helped the Tulips tighten up at the back on Saturday, while Jack McGovern has added class to the midfield since rejoining the club from Grantham Town recently.

Now Rayment is keen to add more firepower and he hopes to have someone on board for Saturday when the Tulips look to avenge their FA Cup exit at the hands of Norton.

The Tulips will bid for a fourth succesive home win in the Evo-Stik League First Division South with Rayment keen to see more competition for places.

He said: “You could see the difference Jamie made on Saturday. If we had played half as well as that in the FA Trophy last Tuesday we would have been in the next round.

“We have been a side that always has a mistake in us and we need to stop giving away silly goals. We looked much better at the back with Jamie playing on Saturday.

“We continue to try and bring in better players but we can’t keep bringing them in without players going out so there will be departures.”

Stevens, who skippered the side to the UCL title last season, looked accomplished on his return from local rivals Holbeach and he will again feature tonight when the Tulips host Mickleover Sports in the Doodson Cup first round.

But Rayment will ring the changes tonight with Lewis McKue, George Stainfield, Ryan Oliver and Alex Pycroft set to be given a run-out.