Cheer us into the play-offs

Jamie Stevens
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The final home game of the season on Saturday is a chance for Spalding United’s supporters to cheer the team towards a play-off place.

The Tulips’ record of 16 wins and one draw in front of their own fans can only be matched by Evo-Stik League First Division South leaders Mickleover Sports.

Spalding sign off against Stocksbridge Park Steels to be followed by next week’s trips to Tividale and Romulus.

Two wins in the run-in would be enough to secure a top-five finish and keep alive the chances of a second successive promotion.

Manager Pat Rayment said: “As it currently stands I can’t see us overhauling Leek Town or Newcastle Town for second or third place which means home ties for them in the play-off semi-finals.

“So it seems Saturday will be our last game at home this season.

“We have appreciated the support and it’s brilliant that our gates have gone up over the three seasons since I’ve been at the club.

“Hopefully we can collect three more points on our way to competing in the play-offs.

“From the club’s point of view all that matters is getting into the play-offs and we are still in control of our destiny.

“I stand by the quality of our squad but some of those players are very laid-back characters as well.

“If Stocksbridge play with no urgency I know that two or three of our lads will go along with that.

“We’ve got to play at a high tempo and be competitive.

“We know our pitch is one of the worst and the emphasis could be on set-pieces again.”

Jamie Stevens should be back in the squad after an infection to a cut eye.

Nathan Stainfield is again rated doubtful due to a torn ligament in his shoulder and Ryan Oliver has returned from a spell at Boston Town.