TULIPS: Rayment loses patience with his flops

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PAT Rayment has raised his axe at Spalding United – and some “stellar signings” are for the chop.

The 3-1 defeat by St Ives Town on Saturday was the point when he lost patience with consistently low performances from some of his best players – including at least one who was signed on contract this summer.

Rayment ranted: “They need to look at themselves in the mirror and ask themselves : ‘Have I done enough?’

“If some of them feel they have, they are in for a shock.”

The Tulips have six players on contract – defenders Lee Canoville and Miles Chamberlain, strikers Francis Green, Jacob Joyce and Shane Tolley, and midfielder Andy Toyne.

Rayment saw his side lose their unbeaten start to St Ives, who replaced them at the top of the Chromasport UCL Premier Division.

The Tulips are not finding goals hard to come by, but are shipping an average of 2.5 goals per match.

He said: “Twelve goals for and 12 against in five matches tells its own story.

“All Saturday’s match did was confirm to me what needs to be done and I must act now if this is not going to turn out to be a mish-mash of a season.

“Our ambition is to be in a position to go up and I’ll do what’s necessary to keep that a possibility.

“I’m a manager who will back my players to the hilt but it’s crystal clear that some of our ‘stellar signings’ are just not performing on the pitch.

“They have a great attitude around the place and train very well, but there are no points won for that.

“What really matters is out on the pitch.”

Rayment accepted some of the blame for the signings and said “due diligence” would be carried out on future ones.