The future of Spalding United boss Pat Rayment is on a knife-edge ahead of the club’s biggest game of the season so far.
Rayment was locked in talks with Corby Town on Wednesday, with a view to replacing Chris Plummer as manager at Steel Park.
He has told the Spalding Guardian that a decision would be made after Saturday’s huge FA Cup preliminary Round showdown with fierce rivals Holbeach United (3pm).
A former player and manager with Corby, the ex-Peterborough United professional was installed as favourite for the job just hours after Plummer resigned following a 6-0 defeat by Hemel Hempstead.
It’s now touch and go as to whether Rayment will still be Spalding manager for the remainded of what promises to be their best season in years.
Regardless of what happens, Spalding go into the ‘South Holland clasico’ as massive favourites – according to Holbeach boss Glen Maddison. The Tigers won all three meetings between the duo last season, but the Tulips responded by signing four key men – Andrew Tidswell, Jonny Allen, Jamie Stevens and Adam Jackson – from their fierce rivals.
Holbeach only have Leigh Overton and Matt Warfield left from the side that had the Indian sign over Spalding, while Maddison is experiencing the fixture for the first time as manager.
He said: “Whatever happens with Pat, it’s going to be hard for us. As a manager, it’s tough to know how to approach Spalding this season.
“They have oodles of talent and are also a real physical threat from set plays.
“I know some teams have sat back against them and still been thrashed, so we will probably have to go there and give it a real go – it’s the FA Cup after all.”
Holbeach hope to welcome back Julian Joachim and Curt Yeatman after they missed Wednesday’s thrilling 3-2 win at Peterborough Northern Star, while Liam Tuntsall is pushing for a recall to the starting line-up.
With almost £2,000 in prize money going to the winner of the Saturday’s clash, more than just local bragging rights are on the line this time.
Either Gorleston, who knocked out Deeping Rangers in the last round, or Thetford await the winners.
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