Tulips’ call for more support

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Manager Pat Rayment is expecting the community to show their full support for a new era at Spalding United.

This summer the Tulips have been involved in takeover talks with a consortium of local investors.

Earlier this week the best sponsorship deal in the club’s history was announced.

Spalding are aiming to go forward on and off the pitch, having narrowly missed out on a play-off place on the final day of last season in the Evo-Stik League First Division South.

Rayment said: “We should be looking to get our home gates up by 100 through the association with the youth teams and local community.

“The sponsorship deal is a massively significant step for the club.

“This town should easily be able to bring in crowds of 250 to 300.

“More people want to be involved because we are a community-based club.

“I know people won’t be coming to see a losing side but last season our supporters certainly got value for money because we had the joint-
best home record alongside champions Mickleover Sports.”

Rayment is ready to step up the preparations for next season when Spalding’s squad report back for their first training session on Thursday night.

He admitted: “I’m really excited about working with this group.

“This is going to be a new challenge for everyone.

“We know the younger players who were brought in have got the ability.

“We will encourage them through coaching to show what they can do but we will have to show patience until they get used to the pace of first-team football.”

However, Spalding have suffered “a massive blow” as captain Michael Leary told the club that he is unable to fully commit to next season due to family reasons.

He will be dual registered but Rayment is hoping to add another central defender to the Tulips’ squad.