Football

Boss Drury buzzing to meet his Tigers

Graham Drury will return to the training pitch tonight after a 15-month break – and he can’t wait to see his new Holbeach United players. The former Stamford and Boston United chief, who is working as co-boss with John Chand, will take the Tigers’ first pre-season training session at Carter’s Park. There will be a host of new faces on ...

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TIGERS: Drury brings title-winning Oadby Town captain to Carter’s Park

Holbeach United co-boss Graham Drury has completed his fourth capture from UCL Division One champions Oadby Town in 48 hours. He’s added captain Jake Duffy to goalkeeper Luke Pickering and strikeforce Courtney Meade and Lee Dube. Drury likened Duffy to the style of England midfielder Frank Lampard in the way he operates and knows where the net is. He said: “Jake ...

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TULIPS: Bore becomes ninth player on contract

Peter Bore has become Spalding United’s ninth signing currently on contract. Manager Pat Rayment is purring after adding yet another quality cog to the Tulips’ machine. Bore, who was at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field on loan briefly last season, has been brought in after news that James Cullingworth will miss all of pre-season and some of the Evo-Stik ...

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TIGERS: Drury snaps up three more quality signings

Three more quality signings have been added to the Holbeach United squad – with the promise of more imminently. Defender Ross Watson, striker/defender Danny Spencer and goalkeeper Luke Pickering have all agreed terms. Tigers co-manager Graham Drury is delighted with the captures as he and John Chand build a squad capable of challenging for the United Counties League Premier Division ...

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TIGERS: Setting their sights on promotion

Holbeach United have revealed their ambition to win promotion from the United Counties League. The Tigers say they will ensure moving up the non-league ladder is feasible, if the team finishes in a top position in the Premier Division next season. The Tigers won the title in 2003 and again in 2013, but had not applied for promotion on either ...

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Signing spree bolsters Holbeach United squad

Holbeach United have unveiled a spree of new signings as they strive for a squad capable of winning the United Counties League Premier Division. Experienced defender Ross Watson was captured early this week and he was joined yesterday by fellow ex-King’s Lynn Town striker/defender Danny Spencer, who has Conference North experience with Nuneaton and Solihull. Tigers co-manager Graham Drury then made a ...

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FOOTBALL: Spalding Sunday League awards handed out

Spalding Sunday League stalwart Barry Barnes was among the award winners at the league’s annual general meeting. Barnes has been on the committee for many years and has been rewarded for services to the league. The highest goalscorer award went to Sutton Bridge Sunday captain Ben Partridge, who hit the net 31 times in his 27 appearances. Meanwhile, Spalding Seas ...

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The South Holland World Cup verdict

Today marks the start of the 2014 Brazil World Cup – and I’m sure most of you reading have an opinion on what is likely to happen at the biggest sporting event in the business. With that in mind, we asked nine well-known sporting figures in South Holland their opinions on the key issues that are likely to shape the ...

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Ex-Tulip Gibson follows Fuller to Holbeach

Joint Holbeach United managers Graham Drury and John Chand have worked their magic to complete deals for two exciting wingers. Drury swooped to snap up ex-Spalding United ace Jake Gibson on Tuesday, just days after Chand brokered a deal to bring former Kettering Town left-sider Ashley Fuller to Carter’s Park. Pacy left-footer Gibson was a firm favourite for Drury during ...

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Rayment relaxed over Ross’s Spalding U-turn

Pat Rayment admits he has “mixed emotions” over Ian Ross’ decision to turn down Spalding United. The former Boston United skipper, who is now likely to join Belper Town, had agreed terms with the Tulips prior to going on holiday. But he’s since informed Tulips chief Pat Rayment that he’s decided against the switch to the Sir Halley Stewart Playing ...

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Holbeach United finalise Fuller deal

Flying winger Ashley Fuller has become the latest signing for ambitious Holbeach United. The Tigers swooped to snap-up the former Kettering Town left-sider on Saturday, with co-boss John Chand hailing him as an exciting addition to the United Counties League Premier Division. Chand worked with Fuller during his days as Magnet Tavern chief, with the duo reaching the final of ...

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Spalding swoop for Trinity skipper Leary

Former Gainsborough Trinity captain Michael Leary has become the latest – and final – big name summer signing for Spalding United. The 31-year-old midfielder, who also lists Luton Town, Barnet and Grimsby Town among his former clubs, sealed a deal with the Tulips on Thursday morning. Spalding supremo Pat Rayment is absolutely ecstatic after completing the capture of another top ...

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Holbeach are ‘Fuller’ transfer targets

Wing wizard Ashley Fuller heads a sizeable list of targets for ambitious Holbeach United. Fuller, who is a long-term target of joint Tigers chief John Chand, was a key part of the Kettering Town side that reached The Calor League Division One Central play-offs last season. He’s one of five targets Chand and co-boss Graham Drury are looking to bring ...

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Goal-getter Tom swaps Tigers for Tulips

Holbeach United hot-shot Tom Waumsley has surprisingly crossed the South Holland divide after completing a move to Spalding United. The former Bourne Town and Deeping Rangers hitman, who was the Tigers’ leading scorer under Glen Maddison last season, agreed terms with Spalding on Wednesday. Tulips chief Pat Rayment moved to snap-up Waumsley after missing out on Lincoln City forward Jordan ...

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Fenway sign off final season in fitting style

Fenway marked their final ever season in the Spalding Sunday Football League with a trophy-laden presentation evening at the weekend. The bash took place at Brennans Sports Bar – which will become both their main sponsor and their new team name next season. The evening began with an emotional speech from club stalwart Joel Newton, who gave his review of ...

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Tidswell Talk: Positivity helped me beat injury nightmare

By Andrew Tidswell Many of you reading this will have sustained an injury at some stage in your life – whether through sport or general activities. Injuries, unfortunately, are part of life. Whether it’s children falling over on the playground or a more serious injury which takes much longer than a graze to heal. Injuries are psychologically a very hard ...

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Spalding United to field a reserve side next season

Spalding United have confirmed that they are to run a reserve team this coming season. The all-new Spalding United Reserves will be managed by Kev Nottingham (last season’s under-18 supremo), with assistance from Andy Coaten. They will play in Division Two of the Chromasports and Trophies Peterborough and District League. It’s the first time in more than a decade that ...

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Open Holbeach United trials next week

Holbeach United Community Sports Academy are holding football trials next week. Trials will be at the University Academy Holbeach (formerly George Farmer)playing fields on Monday and Tuesday (6-8pm). They are for those interested in playing for Holbeach’s thriving and successful youth section next season. Those children interested in playing at under-10, under-11, under-12, under-13 and under-14 (school years five to ...

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Drury targeting top trophies with Tigers

New Holbeach United joint-boss Graham Drury believes that winning the FA Vase and UCL Premier Division are achievable goals next season. The former Boston United, Stamford and Corby Town chief agreed to join forces with John Chand at Carter’s Park after holding talks last week – ending his 15-month sabbatical from the game. Drury admits that he was surprised to ...

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Comment: Euro king Gareth should be praised for Bale-ing out

At a time when English Premier League clubs are being criticised for neglecting British talent, it was perhaps fitting that one of our best exports was scoring the winner in Saturday’s UEFA Champions League final. While the talent pool in England grows smaller by the year, Gareth Bale is walking the lonely road as a Brit abroad with the world’s ...

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