Football

Holbeach United boss Barnes bags Boston’s Bayliss ahead of rearranged KO Cup final

Phil Barnes feels Holbeach United have pulled off a big transfer coup after enticing free-scoring forward Fraser Bayliss to join from rivals Boston Town. Bayliss, who can play on the wing or in attack, has nine goals from 12 appearances this season – putting him among the top scorers in the league. He was one of Barnes’ top summer targets ...

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New Pinchbeck United boss Thorogood will use lockdown to assemble his squad

New Pinchbeck United boss Lewis Thorogood insists that he’s up for the challenge of turning the club around after witnessing a heavy defeat in his first game in charge. A hat-trick from Tendai Dare and a strike from Marshal Keenan – plus a Jack Brown own goal – handed the Knights a sound 5-0 beating against Lutterworth Town in the ...

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Zakuani praises Ranger as striker nets on debut to clinch impressive draw for Tulips

Belper Town 3 Spalding United 3 Boss Gaby Zakuani praised Nile Ranger’s impact as the striker marked his Spalding United debut with a goal in Saturday’s 3-3 draw at Belper Town on Saturday. Piteu Crouz (4), Steve McDonnell (36) and Chib Chilaka (49) gave Belper the lead three times in the Pitching In NPL South East Division clash, but the ...

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Barnes unsure when football will return after seeing six-game unbeaten run ended by Harborough

Holbeach United 0 Harborough Town 1 Phil Barnes reckons that Saturday’s home defeat to Harborough Town may be the last fixture at Carter’s Park in 2020. A first-half goal from Dan Forbes (43) handed the Tigers their first ChromaSport UCL Premier Division defeat since September 9 in what was a rain-hit fixture. But all the talk afterwards was the impending ...

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Heavy derby defeat for Pinchbeck United as Boston Town fire four

Boston Town 4 Pinchbeck United 0 Pinchbeck United’s search for a first win of the season continues after they were soundly beaten 4-0 at Boston Town on Tuesday night. Two first-half goals from Tom Garrick gave Boston a 2-0 lead at the break, before further strikes from Jordan Tate and Robert Raducan rounded off the rout. Lewis Thorogood handed debuts ...

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Non-elite football facing 28-day suspension when English lockdown begins on Thursday

There will be no football for any of South Holland’s sides after Thursday following a statement from Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday. All non-elite football will be suspended from Thursday (November 5), with no exceptions. That means that, after Pinchbeck United’s Uhlsport UCL Premier Division game at Boston Town on Tuesday (7.45pm) and Holbeach United’s UCK KO Cup final ...

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Saturday football: Ranger marks Tulips debut with a goal in thriller, Holbeach and Pinchbeck lose at home

Nile Ranger marked his Spalding United debut with a goal as they drew at Belper Town on Saturday, while Holbeach United lost at home to Harborough Town and Pinchbeck United were thrashed by Lutterworth Town in Lewis Thorogood’s first game as boss. Starting with Spalding, they trailled three times in Gaby Zakuani’s first game as permament boss before battling back ...

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Holbeach United are targeting first trophy since 2018 – but Barnes isn’t looking past Harborough

Phil Barnes says that he and his Holbeach United players want to lift the Uhlsport UCL Knockout Cup for their former team-mates and ex-boss Danny Hussey. The Tigers will take on UCL Premier Division rivals Rothwell Corinthians in the re-arranged 2019/20 final at Blackstones on Wednesday night (7.30pm). Then managed by Danny Hussey, Holbeach reached the final back in February ...

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Sunday football round-up: Flying Fish are the new league leaders after Mulberry victory

There are new leaders in the Spalding and District Sunday League after the weekend fixtures. Up The Fish FC Reds are the latest table-toppers after they handed Mulberry a 4-2 beating in a stormy clash at Monkshouse Lane Playing Field. Goals from Jordan Clow, Reece Precious, Rowan Woodward and Gilson Lavis sealed the success for the South Holland side. Defeated ...

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Pinchbeck United appoint former Tulips chief Thorogood as their new manager

Lewis Thorogood has been announced as the new manager of Pinchbeck United. The former Spalding United chief, who resigned from that role just over two weeks ago, replaces the sacked Tom Crozier in the Knights hotseat. Thorogood spent almost a year in charge of the Tulips at Pitching In NPL South East Division level, but inherits a Pinchbeck side who ...

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Spalding United sign ex-Newcastle United striker Nile Ranger

Spalding United have continued their extraordinary week by signing former Newcastle United striker Nile Ranger. The controversial striker, who also lists Swindon Town and Blackpool among his former clubs, was unveiled by new Tulips chief Gaby Zakuani on Wednesday. Ranger served ten weeks in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to defraud back in 2017, which saw his contract at Southend ...

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Hat-trick hero Joe nets after six seconds as Patterson praises Moulton’s latest victory

Joe Townsend scored what may be the fastest goal in Moulton Harrox’s history as they eased to a big 8-1 win at ChromaSport PDFL Premier Division basement boys Oakham United on Saturday. It’s now five wins from as many league matches for Harrox this season, with Townsend (3), Andy Law, Billy King, Declan Earth, Jonny Clay and Ian Bradbury all ...

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PDFL round-up: Eaton fires Sutton to victory, Balding at double as Holbeach Reserves hold leaders, Tydd win again

Matt Eaton scored the only goal as Long Sutton Athletic edged out ICA Sports 1-0 on Saturday. His second-half strike moved Sutton up to eighth in the table – but that still makes them the lowest ranked South Holland side in the top tier. Crowland Town are now sixth after Martyn Fox’s late strike saw Cardea sink them 1-0 at ...

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Rain saves the day in Shepshed clash as Barnes admits Holbeach United got lucky

Shepshed Dynamo 2Holbeach United 0match abandoned after 72 mins A waterlogged pitch prematurely ended Holbeach United’s game at Shepshed Dynamo just 18 minutes from time on Saturday – and boss Phil Barnes admits his side got the better end of the bargain. The Tigers were 2-0 down at The Dovecote Stadium as Shepshed’s Liam Canavan (35) and Shay Brennan (51) ...

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Three exciting signings for Spalding United as Zakuani puts his stamp on squad

Gaby Zakuani added three new faces to his Spalding United squad on only his second day in the role. Fresh off his appointment on Monday, the Tulips chief sealed deals for striker Chris Assombalonga, 6ft7in centre back Jordan Foster and the talented Glenn Yala Bolasie on Tuesday. Assombalonga, who is the brother of of Middlesborough striker Britt, is best known ...

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Crozier sacked as Pinchbeck United manager after just over a month in the role

Tom Crozier was sacked as manager of Pinchbeck United on Monday after just over a month in charge – with chairman Gary Coomes admitting that he made a “mistake” appointing him. He was given the role back on September 24 and oversaw four defeats and one draw from his five games in charge, with the Knights now sat second-from bottom ...

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Zakuani named Spalding United manager on permanent basis and LuaLua joins coaching staff

Spalding United have today (Monday) announced that Gaby Zakuani will be their next permanent first team manager. The former DR Congo international defender, who recently retired, started his career with Leyton Orient and completed nearly 500 games in the football league with former clubs Stoke City, Northampton Town, Gillingham, Swindon Town and, most notably Peterborough United. He and assistant manager ...

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Winless Pinchbeck United made to pay by Cogenhoe’s second-half scoring spree

Pinchbeck United 0 Cogenhoe United 4 Chairman Gary Coomes admitted his disappointment at Pinchbeck United’s 4-0 home humbling against Cogenhoe United on Saturday. The match proved to be a fifth and final fixture in charge of the Knights for Tom Crozier, who was sacked in the aftermath on Monday. After a goalless first half, Cogenhoe netted through Nat Ansu (61), ...

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Impressive Worksop Town hand Spalding United a sixth straight defeat

Worksop Town 2 Spalding United 0 Spalding United slipped to their sixth defeat on the spin as Worksop Town deservedly dealt them a 2-0 beating on Saturday. Goals in each half from Lewis Gibbens (35) and Gavin Allott (pen 57) sent the Tulips – who were table-toppers after two games – down to 17th place in the Pitching In NPL ...

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Saturday football: Spalding and Pinchbeck both beaten again, Holbeach game abandoned due to rain

Spalding United suffered a sixth defeat in as many games as they went down 2-0 at Worksop Town on Saturday, while Pinchbeck United were thumped at home and Holbeach United saw their game at Shepshed Dynamo abandoned. In the Pitching In NPL South East Division, goals from Lewis Gibbens (35) and Gavin Allott (57 pen) saw the Tulips beaten again. ...

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