Tulips boss expects more from forwards

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Matty Nolan will lead Spalding United’s attack on Saturday at promotion rivals Newcastle Town.

But Tulips boss Pat Rayment must decide on Nolan’s strike partner after criticism of four forwards following the 0-0 midweek draw at Goole.

Rayment said the number of missed chances became “embarrassing” as Spalding failed to repeat last weekend’s home win against Goole.

Work commitments meant Nolan was unavailable on Tuesday but he will be back in the starting line-up away to second-placed Newcastle.

Tom Waumsley and Gregg Smith paid the price for not converting chances as they were replaced by Avelino Vieira and Nathan Adams.

Rayment said: “Between the four of them, the forwards must be held accountable for the fact we dropped two points on Tuesday.

“They let the team down in terms of not taking chances and not making any impact when we made changes.

“I fully expected us to win that game and since then I’ve spoken to all four strikers on our expectations.

“They have been brought to the club based on what they were doing and they have got to produce the goods.

“It’s an easy decision for me to put Nolan back into the team on Saturday but I don’t know who he will be playing alongside.

“Our next two games are against the top teams and they were going to be hard enough anyway to try to close the gap.

“We’ve dropped points at Goole so that puts even more emphasis on winning away to Newcastle.”

However, Rayment was “very pleased” with the form and fitness of Lee Beeson on his return from Holbeach United.

Curtis Hartley, who can play at right-back or in midfield, has signed from Corby Town.

Nathan Stainfield and Chris Hall are back in the squad this weekend.

Jordan Nuttell misses out due to a knee injury and Mitch Griffiths is unavailable.

Rayment added: “That’s a massive blow because he has been by far our best player so far this season.

“He is enjoying playing so much that he is virtually out there laughing, not just with a smile on his face.”