Tulips out to seal UCL Premier Division title

Spalding boss Pat Rayment (left) with assistant Marcus Ebdon.  ENGANL00220130814121403
Spalding boss Pat Rayment (left) with assistant Marcus Ebdon. ENGANL00220130814121403
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Spalding expect a bumper crowd when they bid to wrap up the UCL Premier Division title on Saturday (3pm).

They know victory at home to Kempston Rovers and anything less than a win for Huntingdon Town at home to Deeping Rangers will see Pat Rayment’s side clinch the title.

Rayment’s mind is focused only on what happens at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Fields as a win would leave Huntingdon needing a cricket score in their remaining fixtures to have a chance of pipping the Tulips on goal difference.

A stunning season has seen Spalding win 29 and draw one of their 31 fixtures and their impressive goal difference is just one shy of three figures.

A 2-1 home defeat by Rushden and Diamonds and a 2-2 draw at Wisbech are the only blemishes on a fantastic campaign so far.

Spalding have continued to bang in the goals despite leading scorer Andy Tidswell, who won’t play again this season, struggling for fitness throughout the campaign.

Jonny Allen returns to the squad for the first time since he dislocated his kneecap against Hornchurch in the FA Cup in September.

Rayment knows the title is within his side’s grasp but he insists he wants his side to win all of their remaining games.

He said: “We have done tremendously well so far, but the season is not over yet.

“Our aim has not changed. We want to finish the season on a real high. Every team is out to take the smile off our faces but we are equally determined to disappoint them.

“We have some highly-charged and tough opponents to face yet, but we will be equally determined to boost our points tally.”