‘Expect no let up from us,’ says Tulips boss Pat

Spalding Town boss Pat Rayment with assistant boss Marcus Ebdon.''ENGANL00220130814121403
Spalding Town boss Pat Rayment with assistant boss Marcus Ebdon.''ENGANL00220130814121403
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Spalding Town have been UCL Pemier Division champions for about a week and the club is lining up a title-winning party to remember on April 19.

But those teams waiting to play them in the last four games of the season, starting at AFC Rushden and Diamonds on Saturday, should expect no favours from Pat Rayment and his side.

Speaking ahead of his side’s trip to the Dog and Duck, Rayment said: “We won’t be letting up because I want to go through this season having lost only one game and drawn one.

“I think it’ll be a record that will stand for a long time because I believe the UCL Premier Division will be more competitive next season.

“AFC Rushden and Diamonds has a god fan base but when you’re tagged as favourites, there’s pressure which comes with that.”

Spalding’s last outing was at home to AFC Kempston Rovers two weeks ago when Rayment’s men ran out 4-2 winners.

But any ideas of celebrating an early promotion were dashed by Huntingdon Town’s 2-1 win at home to Deeping Rangers which, at the time, kept the Cromwellians in with a mathematical chance of winning the league themselves.

However, Huntingdon lost 2-1 at Cogenhoe United to hand Rayment and Spalding the title.

“Over the course of the season, it would have been no good for teams to go all out against us and then lose to the so-called lesser teams,” Rayment said.

“That’s why we’ve shown ourselves to have been the best team.”

Apart from striker Andy Tidswell, the Tulips will be at full strength for what will be four games where Rayment’s side will have a major say in who comes second in the league.

After Saturday, Spalding play Huntingdon home and away, before visiting near-neighbours Deeping Rangers for their final league game on Easter Monday Rayment said: “I have a full squad of players and I’ll be putting very strong teams out.”