Josh Moreman has a platform to become one of Spalding United’s star men this season, according to manager Pat Rayment.
The former Deeping Rangers striker got both goals on Saturday as the Tulips saw off Holbeach United at the Sir Halley Stewart Field.
Moreman converted a penalty and then smashed home a superb second-half volley to seal an impressive performance on the left of Spalding’s three-man attack.
Rayment said: “All the managers who have worked with him found that he’s unplayable when he’s flying.
“We expect him to score goals. I think people who come to watch us will see these bits of brilliance from him because that’s the way he is.
“For the second goal, you would expect him to take a touch but he hit it first time with power.
“At one stage Northampton Town nearly signed him and he’s still only 23 years old.
“We hope to be able to give him a platform here where he can settle down and come into a team which suits him.
“We know there is still a lot of work to do. There is so much more to come from all these players.
“We knew Saturday was going to be a hard test and we wanted to use that as a springboard going into the final three games.
“It was a good fixture for both clubs. I was pleased to keep a clean sheet quite comfortably.
“Our central defenders did very well. Paul Walker has a desire to get back into the game and he’s getting an understanding with Neal Spafford in that partnership.”
Jack Beckett – who can play in central midfield or at right-back – will have another opportunity to impress in Tuesday night’s friendly at Boston Town after coming on as a second-half substitute on Saturday.
Meanwhile, skipper Nathan Stainfield’s shoulder injury has completely mended and his knee complaint is feeling better – although he has already been ruled out of the start of the Evo-Stik League season.
Stainfield is currently coaching in America along with midfielder Dan Banister who is due to return ahead of the opening-day trip to Romulus on August 15 in the First Division South.