New year brings fresh start

The Sir Halley Stewart Field under snow
The Sir Halley Stewart Field under snow
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Pat Rayment is ready to make changes as Spalding United go into 2015 looking for a second successive promotion.

The Tulips boss wants a fresh start – even though they are already in the Evo-Stik League First Division South play-off pack.

Rayment confirmed that midfielder Lewis Webb will be back in the first-team squad and he also hinted that recent signing Lee Clarke will be handed a full debut this week.

Webb was released from prison on Christmas Eve after being jailed for drink-driving and driving while banned.

He played on loan for Wisbech Town in their 1-0 defeat at Holbeach United on Boxing Day along with right-back Luke Thurlbourne who went off due to injury.

Rayment said: “We will be utilising our squad but I feel we need to freshen things up.

“We’ll change the way we are playing with the formation because in the last few games I think three or four players have not been up to standard.”

Spalding are due to be at home to Carlton Town on Thursday (3pm kick-off).

Sunday’s showdown with league leaders Sutton Coldfield Town was called off 24 hours in advance due to snow on the pitch. The fixture has been put back to its original date of Saturday, March 28.

The Tulips extended their unbeaten league run to 11 games with Boxing Day’s 1-1 draw at Lincoln United.

Rayment reflected: “The result was fair enough. We had the better of the first half but Lincoln got in our faces and we never really got going.

“We got a blatant penalty but our players were annoyed when Lincoln had a penalty as they felt Nathan Stainfield won the ball. To be honest it looked like a clumsy challenge.

“Once they scored, though, we were hanging on and our keeper Michael Duggan made a few saves.

“Lincoln are a good team and I think they are one of nine sides going for a play-off place this season.”