Spalding United manager Pat Rayment is about to have an embarrassment of riches in front of him just when he needs it at the business end of the season.
The Tulips collected their third league win in a row with a 2-0 success against Market Drayton Town at Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field without key defender Nathan Stainfield and keeper Michael Duggan, both of whom are close to regaining fitness.
Next up for Spalding is a tricky trip to Derbyshire side Gresley who they beat 2-1 in October, but Rayment will be without on-loan keeper Sam Donkin who has bee recalled by parent club Corby Town.
Rayment said: “I can’t praise Sam highly enough because he’s only 19 but he’s been absolutely awesome and I hope we’ve given him a platform to build on.
“Michael Duggan is touch and go for tonight, but we’ve got Alex Pycock to come into the team and Nathan Stainfield should be back.
“Out of the top eight or nine teams, we’ve got the toughest run-in because we have to play all the top teams and we’re on the road a lot.
“Sometimes it can be a little bit of a culture shock, so we’ve got to graft away and gather up speed when other teams may have peaked.”
Spalding won comfortably enough against their north Shropshire opponents on Saturday, largely thanks to a second-half double from Tom Waumsley who had previously gone six games without a goal.
Rayment said: “I’m pleased to see Tom get goals under his belt because he’s a player that needs the team to be playing well to help him.
“Tom’s got himself two great goals, possibly could have had a hat-trick, Nathan Adams acquitted himself well and Drayton’s back three couldn’t deal with him.”
However, Rayment has some problems on the horizon with both Matty Nolan and Greg Smith suspended for Saturday’s trip to Stafford Rangers and striker Jordan Nuttell who missed Saturday’s win through injury.
“We’ve got the transfer deadline looming and I’ve got to be very wary of not being caught short of players,” Rayment said.
“Believe or not, we’re going to have to do things the hard way as we’re going to have players suspended and players injured, no different to any other team.
“So it’s not going to be easy.”