Sports editor Mark Lea’s column: Crisis, what crisis?

Nathan Stainfield was Saturday's star man
Nathan Stainfield was Saturday's star man
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Talk of a mini crisis turned out to be premature but the right response certainly came as no surprise.

A second successive league defeat for Spalding United brought “cause for concern” as manager Pat Rayment looked for a formula to get back on track quickly.

Around those losses to Tividale and Mickleover Sports, the Tulips were also knocked out of two cup competitions.

But that three-week spell was just a blip and surely the priority is pushing for promotion again.

The best way of closing the gap on the league leaders is by beating them so Saturday was a case of job done.

It wasn’t pretty - quite honestly how can you expect to play football on a pitch like that?

Anyway, the result was always going to be much more important than the performance.

Spalding simply had to put a stop to that losing run and, despite Sutton Coldfield Town coming to town in pole position, it wasn’t a bad time to face them.

The Royals are not on top form and plenty of other teams - including the Tulips - have games in hand to overtake them.

One win and one draw from six league matches is hardly what you would expect from champions-elect.

Perhaps that is a crisis and not just a mini one - it’s certainly a chance for Spalding and several sides to take full advantage.

In the space of just a few days, Rayment’s squad go from facing the top team to a very different test with tonight’s trip to rock-bottom Brigg Town.

Surely it will be another win for the Tulips with the bonus of a few more goals. That’s what I’m hoping to witness at The Hawthorns Stadium.

Yes, there will be the cliches about ‘taking nothing for granted’ and ‘no room for complacency’ but this evening should be pretty easy.

Who knows, at the end of the season Spalding might look back on Saturday afternoon as the start of an unbeaten run which put them back into the play-off bunch.