Spalding United boss Pat Rayment admits he has endured his worst ever pre-season but is tipping his side to come good when it matters.
Rayment has become frustrated with postponed fixtures and below-par performances but he insists the Tulips will be ready for their opening Evo-Stik League First Division South opener at Sutton Coldfield in two weeks’ time.
Having added several quality players to last year’s UCL title-winning squad, Rayment went into pre-season full of hope but he admits it’s been a frustrating summer.
Tuesday’s schduled friendly against Elite Sports Academy was called off at 5pm due to food poisoning in their opponents camp, leaving the Tulips with just one more friendly – at home to Wisbech on Saturday – before the big kick-off.
Rayment said: “It was frustrating that Tuesday’s game was called off so late, especially as it wasn’t the first time this summer we have had a friendly cancelled.
“The problem now is that with other leagues starting their seasons it is difficult to arrange other friendlies.
“It’s been my worst pre-season but Marcus Ebdon and I are working hard to make sure everything comes good for when it matters.
“To coin a phrase, it’ll be alright on the night – and I really do believe everything will come good because of the quality of players we have at this club.
“Saturday’s defeat against Deeping was very poor and the players owe me a very good performance against Wisbech.
“The performance at Deeping, and the fact Tuesday’s game was called off, means Saturday’s game has taken on much more importance.
“I have no idea what my starting 11 will be for the opening league match but we have got some very good players here and I am convinced we will be ready for the start of the season.”