‘Testing times’ for the Tulips

OFF YOU GO: Spalding manager Pat Rayment is sent to the stands by referee Neil Pratt during Saturday's 3-1 defeat away to Newcastle Town. Photo: Garry Griffiths ' ThreeFiveThree Photography
OFF YOU GO: Spalding manager Pat Rayment is sent to the stands by referee Neil Pratt during Saturday's 3-1 defeat away to Newcastle Town. Photo: Garry Griffiths ' ThreeFiveThree Photography
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Pat Rayment has called for Spalding United to stick 
together in the final push for 
a promotion play-off place.

The Tulips manager felt “cheated” by Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at second-placed 
Newcastle Town where he 
was sent to the stands for 
arguing with the officials.

But he says they must “dig in” – starting with tonight’s home game against leaders Mickleover Sports in the Evo-Stik League First Division South.

Rayment said: “We were not outplayed at all but the 
officials have cost us two goals and disallowed what would have been an equaliser.

“Jamie Thurlbourne asked the referee if he could take a free-kick.

“The referee asked if he wanted 10 yards, he replied ‘no’ and knocked the ball into an empty net.

“The goal was disallowed and I got sent to the stand after 
that because the referee had retracted what he had said on the pitch.

“In my opinion he cheated us – that’s the bottom line of 
it. The officials were a disgrace and totally inept.

“We are definitely not 
getting the rub of the green with the officials.

“If they are not good enough then they should be sacked, like any other job.

“I know we are not playing 
that well and the spark is not there. It’s a bad time to be 
having a bad time!

“All teams go through it.

“We’ve got Mickleover at home but it doesn’t make any difference who we play 
because we know we are good enough to beat anyone in this league.

“It’s not about bringing in more signings now. These are 
testing times for us but we have to dig in together.

“It’s still in our own hands to finish in the top five with eight games to go.

“We know it’s not going to be easy and it hurt us dropping two points last midweek.”

Spalding dropped out of the top five over the weekend and Thurlbourne is a fitness doubt for tonight’s game due to a dead leg.

Rayment admits central defender Nathan Stainfield may be ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee 
problem in “a massive blow”.

Matty Nolan and Mitch Griffiths are both unavailable tonight.

Gregg Smith has joined Stamford while Dan Banister signed for the Tulips from St Ives Town.