Tulips boss wants home comforts

LEADING THE WAY: Stand-in skipper Nathan Stainfield (centre) celebrates with Tom Waumsley (left) and Dan Banister after putting Spalding United 3-0 up in the first half at home to Lincoln United on Monday.  Photo (TIM WILSON): SG060415-121TW
LEADING THE WAY: Stand-in skipper Nathan Stainfield (centre) celebrates with Tom Waumsley (left) and Dan Banister after putting Spalding United 3-0 up in the first half at home to Lincoln United on Monday. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG060415-121TW
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A play-off place remains the priority – but manager Pat Rayment is already looking for Spalding United to secure home advantage as well.

Finishing second or third in the Evo-Stik League First Division South would mean the semi-final is played at the Sir Halley Stewart Field.

Runners-up spot would also ensure a home game in the promotion final.

Spalding will be looking to take another step towards those targets in Saturday’s trip to play-off rivals Leek Town.

Rayment said: “We are in good form and we know we are capable of winning all of our games.

“The first priority must be getting into the play-offs. And if that’s achieved then we have to try to get second or third place for a home tie which I think is a fair system.

“We have still got a chance of finishing second and the form we are showing is very pleasing.

“That fills us with plenty of confidence and the players can grasp it.

“It would be brilliant to bring the play-offs to the town and then anything can happen.

“I don’t think the system is a lottery like people say because if you are playing well then you go into those games with confidence.

“So far the boys have really stepped up to the plate.”

Spalding’s third successive win – all with a clean sheet – came on Easter Monday at home to Lincoln United.

First-half goals by Matty Nolan, Dan Banister and Nathan Stainfield put the Tulips in control.

Rayment added: “It’s easy to get carried away when you go 3-0 up but we saw out the second half comfortably.

“It was pleasing and we deserved three points.”

The fitness of Lee Beeson, Michael Leary and Jamie Stevens will be assessed at a training session tonight.