FOOTBALL: Spalding close in on league record

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Pat Rayment’s unbeatable Spalding United team will equal a United Counties League record if they win at Yaxley on Saturday.

Top of the table Tulips have won all 15 games in the premier division this season and will match Long Buckby’s 2011 record of 16 out of 16 if they are victorious against the Cuckoos at In2itive Park.

But it won’ t be easy against an outfit that have vastly improved this season under new boss Brett Whaley.

They only went down 2-1 at Spalding last month and followed that up with four straight victories without conceding a goal before going down 2-1 to AFC Rushden and Diamonds on Tuesday.

Rayment told the Guardian this week: “It doesn’t make any difference who the opposition is, we want to win every match.”

After fielding a depleted squad in the last couple of games Rayment should welcome strikers Sam Mullarkey and Mark Jones back after illness and suspension respectively.

New signing Garfield “Louis” Robinson (PICTURED ABOVE) will also be available.

The lightning fast wide man has had spells at Kettering Town, St Neot’s Town and St Ives Town.

“He came on the recommendation of (assistant manager) Marcus Ebdon and that’s good enough for me,” said Rayment.

“He told me the lad has skill and pace to burn and we saw a little bit of that in the few minutes he had on the pitch at Walsall Wood on Saturday.

“We will be having a really good look at him and, with games coming up thick and fast, there should be opportunituies for him to show us what he can do.

“The lad wants to make it in the professional game so this is a good opportunity for him as well as for us.”

Holbeach are without a game this weekend, while second placed Deeping Rangers visit Wellingborough Town.

* On Sunday, Spalding United U18s host Cleethorpes at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field in the quarter-finals of the Lincolnshire Cup.

Kick-off is 1pm and the youngsters are hoping a decent sized crowd will come along and support them.