Give us cutting edge and goals, says Rayment

IN FRONT: Former Deeping Rangers striker Ryan Oliver will lead Spalding's attack at home to Tividale on Saturday.
IN FRONT: Former Deeping Rangers striker Ryan Oliver will lead Spalding's attack at home to Tividale on Saturday.
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Pat Rayment has called on Spalding United’s strikers to rediscover a cutting edge in front of goal.

The Tulips boss is concerned that missed chances could prove costly in the push for promotion.

He revealed that former Deeping Rovers frontman Ryan Oliver will be recalled to lead Spalding’s attack at home to Tividale on Saturday.

Rayment said: “We need our strikers to give us that cutting edge again.

“Going back to the game against Sheffield we only won 2-0 and missed chances.

“Then we left it late to get a point at Norton United and we also missed clear-cut chances at home to Rainworth Miners Welfare.

“It culminated in the 1-0 defeat at Stamford when we had a series of chances.

“When games get tighter we need that cutting edge.

“Andrew Tidswell is one of the best finishers I’ve seen but by his own admission he is probably disappointed not to have put chances away.

“We’ve got Tom Waumsley who is an opportunist striker but Jordan Hempenstall is out so Ryan Oliver will start on Saturday. He has waited for long enough so he will get an opportunity.

“The bottom line is we are seeing other teams score five, six or seven and that should be us doing that as well.

“Strikers are responsible for taking those chances and putting teams to the sword.

“Concentration levels need to be better to put the ball in the back of the net.”

Hempenstall is set to be ruled out for up to six weeks with a knee injury.

Meanwhile, the Tulips have come out on top of the First Division South fair play table for January.

The presentation will be made by Evo-Stik League representative John Beaumont before Saturday’s game.

Spalding also won the fair play award in October.

Rayment added: “The players have got a code of conduct and a set of rules on discipline.

“They play hard but they just get on with the game.

“It’s nice for the club but this award doesn’t get you promoted or win the title.

“We will have to get back to playing at a high tempo. But other teams must dread coming to play us.”