Rayment “very frustrated” with four points from four games

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Spalding United manager Pat Rayment was left feeling “very frustrated” after picking up their first away point of the season.

They earned a 1-1 draw at bottom-of-the-table Carlton Town in the Evo-Stik League First Division South on Bank Holiday Monday thanks to Andrew Tidswell’s second-half equaliser.

But it was another tale of missed chances for the Tulips who have four points from four games following promotion.

Rayment said: “We produced our best performance to date in terms of the opening half.

“We absolutely battered them for 45 minutes but we couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net.

“Incredibly, and it feels like deja vu, we came away with one point instead of all three.

“It’s very frustrating but patience has got to be the key.

“I would be concerned if we weren’t creating chances and struggling in any shape or form.

“We stopped doing things after half-time and I don’t know why.

“We are within touching distance of turning the corner but we need a cutting edge.

“We could be sitting on top of the table with 12 points and we’ve actually got four.

“Our overall play and dominance should have brought more rewards.”

Aaron Hooton headed home in the 58th minute to put Carlton ahead after Alexander Troke’s effort was blocked.

The advantage lasted just six minutes before Tidswell diverted Mitch Griffiths’ low drive into the net.

Spalding had had the better of a goalless first half and Nathan Stainfield came closest to scoring when his chipped effort struck the Carlton crossbar.

The Millers improved after the break and Junior Ogede-Uzokwe had the best chance to win the game, but he saw his free header fly over the top.

Midfielder Luke Thurlbourne, who signed from St Neots Town, made his Tulips debut as a substitute and Rayment revealed that he hopes to bring in another striker.

Monday’s results: Brigg 1 Stocksbridge Park Steels 0, Chasetown 0 Tividale 0, Coalville 3 Loughborough Dynamo 2, Kidsgrove Athletic 0 Market Drayton 0, Leek 2 Stafford 0, Lincoln 0 Goole 1, Mickleover Sports 2 Gresley 1, Norton 0 Newcastle 5, Sheffield 5 Rainworth Miners Welfare 0, Sutton Coldfield 2 Romulus 1.