FOOTBALL: Rayment salutes ‘relentless’ Tulips

STAR MAN: Lewis Webb notched in a man-of-the-match display for Spalding. Photo by NIKKI GRIFFIN
STAR MAN: Lewis Webb notched in a man-of-the-match display for Spalding. Photo by NIKKI GRIFFIN
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NORTHAMPTON SILEBY 0 SPALDING UNITED 6: Just six more points will effectively see Spalding United crowned as UCL Premier Division champions after another dominant display on Saturday.

The Tulips helped themselves to six more goals at lowly Sileby, with Lewis Webb (5), Mark Jones (28), Ross Watson (47), Dan Cotton (68) and Lee Beeson (85 and 88) notching to take their season’s tally to 110 in the league.

Regardless of what anybody else does, wins at Wellingborough Town this Saturday and at home to Kempston Rovers (March 22) will all but confirm Spalding as league winners thanks to their monstrous goal difference.

But they could realistically confirm top spot at second-placed AFC Rushden and Diamonds on April 5, meaning Pat Rayment and his side could gain revenge against the only side to beat them in the league this season.

Rayment said: “Without being disrespectful, it was like a training game. It was pretty much attack against defence.

“I’d not like to guess the possession stats, but I’d imagine they’d be frightening.

“We tried to play the game at a good tempo, but it was hard with them piling men behind the ball from the off.

“It’s another three points though and our position is now very, very strong.

“Two more wins should just about seal the title for us really, considering how good our goal difference is.

“I looks like we could actually seal the title away at Rushden and Diamonds, which would be ironic after the last meeting with them.

“But we stay focused on the next game at Wellingborough. The lads haven’t taken their foot off the pedal and our performances of late have been excellent.

“We’re relentless – and that’s how we’ll be up until the final game of the season.”

It took just five minutes for the Tulips to break the deadlock at Fernie Fields, with Webb converting a trademark Beeson cross.

Winger Beeson, who shared the man-of-the-match award with Webb, then delivered for Jones to head number two just before the half hour.

Watson waltzed forward to smash a stunning 25-yarder home two minutes into the second period, before sub Josh Ford dinked a lovely pass through for Cotton to bury Spalding’s fourth in the 68th minute.

There was still time for Beeson to bury a brace in the closing stages, giving the scoreline the emphatic feel the Tulips’ performace deserved – and they almost had seven when Ford fired an effort off the post in the final minute.

Tulips: Duggan (Roberts 67), Watson, Jackson, Stevens, Stainfield, Webb, Beeson, Steadman, Cotton, Jones (Ford 67), Thurlbourne. Not used: Hussey, Ebdon.

• Attendance: 61.

• Saturday: Wellingborough v Tulips (3pm).