TULIPS: Pat unhappy with Spalding ahead of Boston United clash

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SPALDING UNITED 2 LOUTH TOWN RES 2: LATE strikes from Miles Chamberlain and Jacob Joyce saved Spalding’s blushes on Tuesday night.

Pat Rayment’s much-fancied Tulips fell 2-0 down against Louth’s second string at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field, as they looked set for a third pre-season loss on the bounce.

“Disjointed” and “stuttering” were two of the terms used by Rayment to describe Spalding’s recent friendly showings – and he’s far from happy with what he’s seen so far despite the fightback.

With a glamour home fixture against Boston United next up at the Sir Halley on Saturday (3pm), the former Peterborough United professional feels he may have to wade back into the transfer market before the start of the UCL Premier Division season next month.

Rayment said: “It’s not been great so far. We’ve worked really hard in training, but the performances haven’t been up to the standard I’d expect.

“We’re not getting in people’s faces and it’s all very mish-mash. I think I need to look at bringing in two or three new faces. We certainly need a physical midfielder at least.

“Football being football, we’ll probably go and beat Boston now. Ideally, this would have been a true test for us. But we’re not anywhere close to where we should be at the moment.”

One man that has impressed in midfielder Danny Steadman, who has signed forms with the Tulips after a successful trial.

Striker Shane Tolley (hip) limped out of Tuesday’s draw and is doubtful for Saturday.