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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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Run of three home games on the spin offers Pinchbeck United manager Crozier hope of a win

A run of three home games in a week has Pinchbeck United boss Tom Crozier gunning for points. The Knights, who are still without an Uhlsport UCL Premier Division win following Saturday’s 3-1 reverse at Northampton ON Chenecks, kick off the triple-header with a Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field showdown against 11th-placed Cogenhoe United on Saturday (3pm). Deeping Rangers then ...

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Boston walkers hand newly-formed South Lincs Steelers a pair of derby defeats

Newly-formed South Lincs Steelers Walking FC suffered two narrow friendly defeats against Peterborough and District over-50s champions Boston United Community last week. The first match was played by the over-45 team. This was a highly competitive game which was at 0-0 for over three quarters of the game until the Spalding-based Steelers were awarded a penalty, which James Scaife tucked ...

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Harrox bidding to keep flawless run going against basement boys after Ash’s Eye-catching winner

Moulton Harrox 2 Eye United 1 Ash Coddington’s injury-time goal kept Moulton Harrox’s perfect start to the new ChromaSport PDFL Premier Division season going on Saturday. After Samuel Duffy scrambled Eye United into a 1-0 half-time lead, skipper Billy King (70) blasted Moulton level from 25 yards before Coddington nodded home the winner from a free-kick. Assistant boss Bobby Patterson ...

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PDFL round-up: Win of Dreams for Sutton Bridge, Crowland up to fourth place

Rampant Sutton Bridge United boast a three-point lead at the top of ChromaSport PDFL Division Five after thrashing Dreams Reserves 11-1 on Saturday. Kurt Scott starred with five of the goals at Memorial Park, while Ben English, Joseph Sutton and Ben Thompson all netted twice. Holbeach Bank conceded double figures in the same division as they went down 11-4 at ...

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Plenty of interest in top job at Spalding United as decision on new boss draws closer

Spalding United CEO Leigh Porter has revealed that the club’s search for a new manager is entering a critical phase. The Tulips have been without a permanent manager since Lewis Thorogood resigned last week, with assistant boss Neal Spafford and former Peterborough United defender Gaby Zakuani stepping up as caretakers. Porter, who revealed that Spalding have received as many as ...

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Barnes left feeling aggrieved as Holbeach United are forced to settle for a point at Wellingborough

Wellingborough Town 2Holbeach United 2 Another red card proved costly for Holbeach United on Tuesday night as they drew 2-2 at Wellingborough Town. The Tigers looked set for another Uhlsport UCL Premier Division win when Alex Lowery put a Josh Ford cross into his own net (18) and Jordan Elston rifled home a superb second (45) to put them 2-0 ...

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Crozier rues Pinchbeck United’s game management as winless run continues

ON Chenecks 3 Pinchbeck United 1 Pinchbeck United are still searching for their first win of the Uhlsport UCL Premier Division season after slipping to a 3-1 defeat at Northampton ON Chenecks on Saturday. The Knights, who are one of three teams yet to register a victory so far, fell 1-0 down when Lewis Irwin buried a hotly-disputed penalty on ...

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Spalding United’s FA Trophy hopes are put to Bed by ex-Peterborough United ace

Spalding United 0 Bedford Town 1 It’s now five defeats on the bounce for Spalding United after Bedford Town knocked them out of the FA Trophy on Saturday. A goal from former Peterborough United ace Jermaine Rene-Howe seven minutes before the break was enough to settle the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field contest. SKIPPER: Michael Duggan saves. Photos by MARK ...

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Barnes full of pride as Elston double powers an impressive Holbeach United comeback

Holbeach United 2 Loughborough University 1 Phil Barnes saluted Holbeach United’s best win of the season so far as they came from behind to beat much-fancied Loughborough University 2-1 at Carter’s Park on Saturday. Jordan Elston’s first two senior goals for the Tigers on 55 and 72 minutes wiped out Kieran Smith’s first-half opener (18) to secure a win against ...

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Saturday football: Elston double earns ten-man Tigers a huge win, Tulips and Pinchbeck beaten again

Jordan Elston struck twice to give Holbeach United an impressive 2-1 win over Loughborough University on Saturday, while Spalding United were knocked out of the FA Trophy by Bedford Town and Pinchbeck United suffered another league loss. Starting with Holbeach, they looked to up against it in their Uhlsport UCL Premier Division clash when Kieran Smith fired slick visitors Loughborough ...

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