TULIPS: Rayment blast at fixture farce

Pat Rayment
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Irked Spalding United manager Pat Rayment has launched a scathing attack on the United Counties League’s fixture makers.

Rayment, whose Tulips still have 14 Premier Division matches and potentially three more League Cup clashes to play before the end of the season on May 4, has called his team’s run-in ‘appalling’.

The Spalding supremo can’t understand why games against local duo Yaxley and Peterborough Northern Star have been scheduled for a Saturday, while trips to Quorn and Shepshed are pencilled in for midweek.

He’s also bemused to see league leaders Holbeach United, who have just nine league games left, playing at S & L Corby on Tuesday when his side were without a fixture.

“Whoever makes up these fixtures is doing an appalling job,” barked Rayment. “How can we have games with PNS and Yaxley, who are 20 minutes down the road, on a Saturday when we get given games in Leicestershire on a Tuesday?

“The league need to have a long look at themselves – the fixtures don’t make sense and something really needs to be done about it.

“If we do have success this year, it will have been done the hard way. How we can be sitting on our backsides while Holbeach play midweek is beyond me.”

After two draws on the spin, Spalding are bidding to get back to winning ways on Saturday, when they welcome Newport Pagnell Town to the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field (3pm). But they’ll have to do without injured duo Miles Chamberlain and Lee Beeson.

Meanwhile, the Tulips have put a seven-day notice of approach in for Brigg Town striker Paul Grimes, who is wanted by a number of higher-graded sides.