Same again for Tulips?

Jordan Nuttell
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Spalding United will look for an action replay on Saturday to keep their promotion bid on track.

The Tulips ran out comfortable 4-0 winners at Market Drayton Town last weekend – although boss Pat Rayment called for his players to be more clinical in front of goal.

They face another trip to a relegation-threatened side with Kidsgrove Athletic again fighting for survival.

The Staffordshire side are struggling after finishing bottom of last season’s table.

Rayment said: “They had a mini revival after a cash injection earlier this season but it hasn’t worked out for them to date.

“People will say we had to play three of the bottom five but with that comes a bit more expectation as well.

“As much as those sides are fighting for survival, we are fighting for the play-offs.

“So the battling spirit will be equal on both sides and if we want it more then league positions would suggest that we have more ability to turn results in our favour.

“We have the quality and it’s all about ourselves.

“We have set standards and we don’t expect to fall short of them.

“A lot of things have gone against us this season when players haven’t stepped up to the plate.

“If people think we have a revolving door that’s because the players going out have created that situation.

“We have missed a horrific amount of chances at times.

“But if we win again on Saturday then it puts more pressure on our rivals.”

Central defender Nathan Stainfield is likely to rest his knee injury on Saturday and return at home to Lincoln United on Monday.

Captain Michael Leary will again step in to partner Jamie Stevens at Kidsgrove.

Midfielder Jack McGovern looks set to miss the Easter programme due to an ankle problem but he could be back for the trip to Leek Town a week on Saturday.

Lee Beeson is available after being given permission to return to Holbeach United under dual registration for the midweek derby date at Deeping Rangers.

Jordan Nuttell has been ruled out of the run-in as the former Boston Town youngster has struggled to overcome a knee complaint.

Meanwhile, Spalding striker Jordan Hempenstall is set to have an operation to repair the cruciate ligament in his knee. He has already been out of action for two months.