Four more wins enough for play-off dreams

Tom Waumsley set to double Spalding's lead at Market Drayton. Photo: Terry Morris
Tom Waumsley set to double Spalding's lead at Market Drayton. Photo: Terry Morris
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Spalding United boss Pat Rayment reckons four wins from the last six games will book the Tulips’ place in the Evo-Stik League First Division South play-offs.

Anxious April starts with another trip to the north Midlands on Saturday when Spalding play Kidsgrove Athletic who are second-bottom in the league.

WRONG END OF THE LAW: Spalding's Nathan Adams sees Market Drayton's JD Beckett head past his own keeper at Greenfields on Saturday.  Photo by Terry Morris.

WRONG END OF THE LAW: Spalding's Nathan Adams sees Market Drayton's JD Beckett head past his own keeper at Greenfields on Saturday. Photo by Terry Morris.

Spalding are fourth after a 4-0 win at Market Drayton Town who are locked in a battle with Kidsgrove and Rainworth Miners Welfare to stay up.

Rayment said: “We should have won by a lot more but, at the end of the day, it’s results that count.

“It wasn’t easy because of the strong wind, but we should have put the game to bed in the first half.

“The second half became messy due to us not taking our chances and what encouraged Market Drayton was that they were only 1-0 down at half-time.

“But we had too much for them in the end and we’ll regroup for Saturday.”

The Tulips’ boss was full of praise for makeshift right-back Dan Banister who made a strong claim for a start in midfield at the Novus Stadium on Saturday.

“I thought Dan played very well and he wasn’t even playing in his best position which is midfield,” Rayment said.

“But I don’t think it’ll be too long before he occupies that position.

“We kept giving the ball away in the second half but luckily for us, Market Drayton didn’t have enough quality to hurt us.

“It’s a win notched off and I’m looking at four more wins, with us still to play two out of the bottom five.”

Banister added: “It was a bit of a battle in the first half when we should have been three or four goals up by half-time.

“But once we got the second and third goals, we were pretty comfortable and even when we were 4-0 up, we wanted more goals.

“All the lads are buzzing and very confident, going forward, that we can hope we can get into the play-offs.”