Tulips boss wants extra experience

Adam Millson and Mitch Griffiths were on target for Spalding at Deeping on Tuesday. Photo: Tim Wilson
Adam Millson and Mitch Griffiths were on target for Spalding at Deeping on Tuesday. Photo: Tim Wilson
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Spalding United manager Pat Rayment is looking to add experience to his youthful squad.

The Tulips’ transfer policy this summer was centered around a plan to bring in more energy and pace.

But with just over a week until the Evo-Stik League First Division South season kicks off, Rayment has decided to take action.

He said: “We need to add some experience because we have lost Chris Hall, Michael Leary and Jamie Stevens, plus Nathan Stainfield is injured.

“We are not quite strong enough. We want to put faith in the players we’ve got but it’s a big risk with too many youngsters when we will be trying to win promotion.

“So we’re in the market for a centre-half, an experienced midfielder and a forward.”

Meanwhile, Rayment had mixed views over the Tulips’ display on Tuesday night as they beat Deeping Rangers 3-0 with goals from Adam Millson (2) and Mitch Griffiths.

Rayment said: “We had a few words at half-time but in the second half we looked 
excellent and I don’t think they touched the ball for 15 minutes at one stage.

“Deeping were the better side in the first half but we still scored a very good goal.

“I think the players have been cheating me at times and there was so much wrong in that first half.

“By the end of the game, we showed how we can do the right things.”

Spalding complete their pre-season programme with a trip to Lincolnshire League 2014-15 runners-up Skegness Town on Saturday.

The Northern Premier League starts a week later than the rest of non-League football – leaving Rayment confused.

He added: “I wish someone would explain that to me – especially as we play more games than other leagues who kick off this weekend!”