Football

New-look Pinchbeck off to an ‘OK’ start

Benington 1 Pinchbeck United 2 Player/boss Ian Dunn was happy enough with his Pinchbeck side after seeing them emerge victorious from their pre-season opener on Saturday. Goals from Aaron Cooper and a trialist sunk the Boston and District League outfit, with Dunn’s new-look line-up unfortunate not to add to their tally. Having won the Peterborough League and Cup double in ...

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Contrasting fortunes for Tulips and Tigers

Spalding United earned an impressive 1-0 win over Boston United on Tuesday night – but South Holland neighbours Holbeach United were pasted 5-0 at Gainsborough Trinity. Jordan Thomas struck 11 minutes from time to earn the Tulips their second pre-season friendly success in four days, while Paul Beasley, Conor Higginson (2),  Darryn Stamp and Grant Roberts struck to tame the Tigers. ...

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Injuries and Watson exit mar Holbeach win

HOLBEACH UNITED 4 LOUTH TOWN 0 There was mixed news for Holbeach on Saturday despite the perfect on-field start to their pre-season campaign. Goals from new recruits Danny Spencer (3 & 43), Ash Fuller (18) and Ollie Pinner sealed a comfortable 4-0 victory over lower-graded Louth at a roasting hot Carter’s Park. But defender Jack Smith suffered a broken metatarsal, ...

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Transfer latest: Watson leaves Tigers as Tulips and Pinchbeck swoop

South Holland trio Spalding United, Holbeach United and Pinchbeck United were all involved in transfers on Monday. Spalding swooped to seal a deal for former Worksop Town, Gainsborough Trinity and Alfreton forward Ash Burberry as Pat Rayment looks to add the finishing touches to his squad. Burberry, who is 24, can play either on the wing or in attack and ...

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Pat pleased to see Tulip Tidswell net

Peterborough Sports 0 Spalding United 2 Goal machine Andrew Tidswell made a scoring return for the Tulips on Saturday as they cruised to a 2-0 triumph at Peterborough Sports. Last season’s top scorer, who missed the second half of the season through injury, notched with a low drive in the second half of Spalding’s pre-season opener. Defender Nathan Stainfield completed ...

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Tigers raid rivals Tulips for wing king Beeson

Holbeach United have pulled off one of their biggest signings of the summer by tempting winger Lee Beeson to join them from rivals Spalding United. Beeson, who bagged 15 goals for the Tulips en-route to the UCL Premier Division title last season, follows Jamie Stevens, Adam Jackson, Jonny Allen, Danny Steadman and Tom Roberts in crossing the South Holland divide. ...

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Tulips and Tigers off to winning starts

Both Spalding United and Holbeach United made winning starts to their pre-season campaigns on Saturday. Goals from Andrew Tidswell and Nathan Stainfield earned the Tulips a 2-0 triumph at Peterborough Sports, while Danny Spencer (2), Ash Fuller and Ollie Pinner netted for the Tigers in a 4-0 home victory against Louth Town. Both of Spalding’s goals came in the second ...

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Thompson joins Pinchbeck as player/coach

Former Holbeach United full-back Mark Thompson has agreed to join ambitious Pinchbeck United as player/coach. The right back, who was a team-mate of Pinchbeck player/boss Ian Dunn when both played for the Tigers, becomes the fourth new face to join the Peterborough Premier Division club this summer. Thompson is vastly experienced and strong on set-pieces, making him an excellent acquisition ...

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Two trialists for Tulips ahead of opener

Spalding United have enjoyed a busy summer in the transfer market – but two more players are bidding to catch Pat Rayment’s eye. Former Tottenham Hotspur and Barnet defender Andy Hodges (28) and teenage ex-Boston United Reserves midfielder Lewis McKue have both been training with the Tulips and could play a part in Saturday’s pre-season opener at UCL Division One ...

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Striker Saebe backed to shine at Pinchbeck

Pinchbeck United have added another exciting player to their ranks ahead of their first pre-season game of the summer this weekend. Hot on the heels of last week’s capture of Elliott Price and Tyler Wright, United have moved to bring speedy striker Louis Saebe to Knight Street. Pinchbeck player/boss Ian Dunn reckons that the former Boston United youth talent will ...

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New Tigers can emulate class of 2013 – Chand

John Chand reckons that his new-look Holbeach United squad is shaping up to be just as strong as the side that he guided to UCL Premier Division glory back in 2012/13. The returning chief, who is co-boss with Graham Drury this time around, has been impressed with what he has seen from the Tigers over pre-season. Popular striker Tommy Treacher ...

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Tulips’ academy boasts top class coaches

With the new football season rapidly approaching Spalding United are offering the younger generation the ideal opportunity to get into the swing of things by taking part in their first ever three-day Summer Soccer Academy. The event is being led by the club’s leading marksman Andrew Tidswell and first team assistant manager, former Peterborough United and Everton star Marcus Ebdon, ...

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All you need to know about FA draws for Tigers and Tulips

South Holland duo Spalding United and Holbeach United learned their fate in the three FA competitions today (Friday). In the FA Cup, Holbeach will make the trip to Diss Town in the extra preliminary round on August 16 – with the winners banking £1,500 in prize money. There is then a chance of a Lincolnshire derby in the preliminary stage, ...

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Spalding United seal swoop for striker Thomas

Spalding United have swooped to seal a deal that brings speedy striker Jordan Thomas back to the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field. The forward, who impressed during a loan spell from Lincoln City last season, has had a change of heart over re-locating to Newcastle. Thomas will be the fourth striker on the Tulips’s books, joining Andrew Tidswell, Mark Jones ...

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Voice View: Good riddance to Uruguay and Suarez

There has been much to admire about the 2014 Brazil World Cup so far. Glorious goals (take a bow Tim Cahill, Robin van Persie and James Rodriguez), all-out attacking football (I’m looking at you Colombia, Holland and Brazil) and ingenious innovation (OK, I may have over-egged the referees’ invisible spray a little too much). But Luis Suarez and Uruguay have ...

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Tidswell Talk: Why I have never enjoyed a pre-season

By Andrew Tidswell It’s that time of year again that all footballers dread. Apart from being back with the team and discussing summer events it’s a time for a lot of hard work, sweat and pain. I personally have never enjoyed a pre-season at any club I have been at. But, having said that, some people relish the opportunity to ...

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Pinchbeck United snap-up talented duo

Pinchbeck United have swooped to secure their first two signings of the summer. Returning player/boss Ian Dunn has raided Boston United Reserves for central midfielder Elliott Price, while also moving to secure the services of former Peterborough United youth talent Tyler Wright – who shone at Knight Street last season. Dunn, who won the ChromaSport Peterborough League Premier Division and ...

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Rayment wanted Tulips to have local core

On the eve of his third pre-season with the club, Spalding United manager Pat Rayment has spoken of his regret that last year’s UCL Premier Division winning squad has broken up. The Tulips waltzed to the league title last term, winning 32 of their 36 games en-route to amassing 97 points and promotion to Evo-Stik League Division One South. But ...

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Tidswell Talk: England heading in right direction

By Andrew Tidswell So it’s World Cup heartache again for England. It’s not unusual to see an aftermath of English tabloids and supporters both criticising and hanging English football out to dry – but what is unusual is that it was only after two matches. A lot of the criticism and comments that I have seen have shocked me. I, ...

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Tigers seal deal for ex-Boston United ace Parker

Holbeach United completed the signing of versatile former Boston United man Liam Parker after their first pre-season training session of the summer last night (Thursday). Parker, who spent last season with Skegness Town, can play at either full back, centre back or in midfield and has been one of the Tigers’ top transfer targets of the summer. Co-boss Graham Drury ...

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