Tulips

‘Captain fantastic’ Stainfield backed to star at Gainsborough after Tulips exit

Talismanic skipper Nathan Stainfield has been backed to excel at a higher standard of football after opting to end his four-year spell with Spalding United. Stainfield, who joined the Tulips from Boston United back in 2013, informed Tulips boss Chris Rawlinson that – at 28 years of age – he wants to test himself further up the non-league ladder. Widely ...

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Ex-boss Frecklington raids Spalding United to take 30-goal Wells to Gainsborough

Top scorer Bradley Wells has left Spalding United to join higher-graded Gainsborough Trinity. Wells, who bagged 30 goals for the Tulips last term, has been snapped up by former Spalding boss Dave Frecklington – who brought him to the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field from Stamford at the start of last season. Speaking on Twitter, Wells said: “It wasn’t an ...

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Rawlinson hopes to secure existing Spalding United squad within the next two weeks

Chris Rawlinson hopes to have completed negotiations with his existing Spalding United squad inside the next two weeks. The Tulips chief wants to retain the vast majority of last season’s squad, which finished third in Evo-Stik NPL First Division South and lost to Witton Albion in the play-off final. Rawlinson has already agreed deals to keep Jonny Lockie, Neal Spafford ...

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Rawlinson wants Spalding United squad to stick together and build on super season

Spalding United boss Chris Rawlinson has urged his players not to waste what has been one of the most memorable seasons in the club’s history. The Tulips missed out on promotion to the Evo-Stik League Northern Premier Division after losing in Saturday’s play-off final to Witton Albion. Goals from Bradley Bauress and Anthony Gardner either side of a stunning strike ...

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Young Holbeach United side clinch Peterborough League title in dramatic late show

Holbeach United under-13s clinched the Peterborough Junior Alliance Division Two title after a dramatic final match of their season. The young Tigers needed a point from their last day title decider against Leverington, who raced into a two-goal first half lead. However, Holbeach hit back with two goals in the final ten minutes to take the title and cap a ...

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Rawlinson vows to bounce back after play-off defeat

Tulips boss Chris Rawlinson wants his side to take inspiration from this season’s champions Shaw Lane following Saturday’s EvoStik League Division One South play-off final defeat at Witton Albion.   Spalding suffered a 2-1 reversal in a match which Rawlinson felt was ‘one game too far’ for his spirited charges.   And, after seeing Shaw Lane bounce back from last ...

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Play-off heartbreak for the Tulips

Spalding United’s promotion dreams were dashed after a 2-1 defeat at Witton Albion in Saturday’s EvoStik League Division One South play-off final.   A stunning strike from frontman Leon Mettam had brought Spalding back on level terms after Bradley Bauress’ second half opener for the hosts.   However, Anthony Gardner’s 76th minute goal ended Spalding’s spirited showing and earned Witton ...

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Underdogs can have their day

Spalding United boss Chris Rawlinson believes his side can take heart from their two league clashes with Witton Albion when the two sides meet in the EvoStik League Division One South play-off final on Saturday. While the Tulips needed extra-time to beat Stocksbridge Park Steels, Witton were defeating AFC Rushden and Diamonds courtesy of a solitary Robert Hopley strike. The ...

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Lockie in the limelight after netting extra-time winner for Tulips

Tulips boss Chris Rawlinson was delighted to see youngster Jonny Lockie grab the limelight as his extra-time winner fired Spalding United into the EvoStik League Division One South play-off final. Local lad Lockie came off the bench to fire home the 103rd minute winner after an epic contest against Stockbridge Park Steels at the Sir Halley Stewart on Tuesday night. ...

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Bradley bags hat-trick haul as Tulips are victorious over Victoria

Bradley Wells helped himself to a hat-trick as the Tulips completed their regular fixtures in Evo-Stik NPL First Division South with a comfortable  3-1 victory over Northwich Victoria at the Sir Halley Stewart Field on Saturday.   Although scoring three goals the Tulips’ leading goal-getter this season could so easily have doubled his tally and in doing so he missed ...

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Rawlinson full of pride as Spalding United’s derby win sets up ‘huge’ home play-off

Proud Chris Rawlinson has every faith that his Spalding United side will seal promotion through the play-offs after clinching third place with an impressive 2-0 win over Lincoln United on Easter Monday. Late strikes from top scorer Brad Wells (86) and Conor Higginson (pen 89) gave the Tulips all three points and booked a home play-off semi-final date with Stocksbridge ...

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Monday football round-up: Spalding United clinch third but Holbeach United smashed for seven

Spalding United wrapped up third place in Evo-Stik NPL First Division South with a 2-0 win at Lincoln United on Monday, while Holbeach United were humbled 7-2 at Wisbech Town in the ChromaSport UCL Premier Division.  Starting with the Tulips, late goals from Brad Wells (82) and Conor Higginson (pen 85) gave Chris Rawlinson’s side an impressive win. They will ...

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Play-off spot guaranteed for Spalding United despite late Bedworth beating

Spalding United 0 Bedworth United 1 A late Kamil Ciolek strike sentenced Spalding United to a surprise 1-0 home loss against Bedworth United on Saturday – but the Tulips are now guaranteed an Evo-Stik NPL First Division South play-off place regardless. Polish debutant Ciolek nodded home an 87th-minute winner to settle an otherwise drab affair at the Sir Halley Stewart ...

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Basford draw leaves Spalding United needing just three points to clinch third place

Spalding United 0 Basford United 0 Just three more points will be enough to secure Spalding United third place in Evo-Stik NPL First Division South after Tuesday night’s eventful 0-0 draw with play-off rivals Basford United. The Tulips played most of the second half with ten men after Matt Varley’s red card and saw Lee Beeson’s penalty come back off ...

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Late Acar stike earns Spalding United a key away win in race for third place

Kidsgrove Athletic 0 Spalding United 1 A second-half goal from Cenk Acar consolidated Spalding United’s third spot in Evo-Stik NPL First Division South at the Novus Stadium on Saturday – keeping their play-off bid firmly on target. Acar struck 18 minutes from time to give the Tulips a key 1-0 victory at Kidsgrove Athletic, making it seven points from four ...

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Saturday football: Acar fires Spalding United to vital win, Holbeach United pegged back by late penalty

Spalding United moved ever-closer to securing third place in Evo-Stik NPL First Division South with a 1-0 win at Kidgsrove Athletic on Saturday, while Holbeach United extended their unbeaten ChromaSport UCL Premier Division run to five games after drawing 2-2 at home to Cogenhoe United. Starting with the Tulips, Cenk Acar’s 73rd-minute strike was enough to settle a close contest ...

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Spalding United battle back for impressive draw at title-chasing Witton

Spalding United bounced back from going 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at Witton Albion in Evo-Stik NPL First Division South on Thursday night. A Tom Owens strike (32) gave title-chasing Witton a half-time lead – and they doubled their money when Will Jones netted eight minutes into the second period. However, Leon Mettam (55) and Jordan Lemon (68) hit back ...

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Rawlinson: Spalding United still on track for 80-point target

Chris Rawlinson doesn’t believe that Saturday’s 2-0 loss at Stocksbridge Park Steels will derail Spalding United’s hopes of clinching a favourable play-off position in Evo-Stik NPL First Division South. The Tulips chief felt his side were “poor” last weekend, but feels they are still very much on-track to reach his golden figure of 80 points – which would secure third ...

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Steely Stocksbridge showing puts skids on Spalding United’s promotion charge

Stocksbridge PS 2 Spalding United 0 Spalding United’s ambitions to feature in the end of season play-offs in Evo-Stik NPL First Division South suffered a set-back in Yorkshire on Saturday with a below par performance and 2-0 defeat at the hands of mid-table hosts Stocksbridge Park Steels. The Tulips remain in third position with a four points advantage and better ...

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Saturday football: Steels see off Spalding but ten-man Holbeach roar to Rovers win

Ten-man Spalding United slipped to a 2-0 defeat at Stocksbridge Park Steels on Saturday, while Holbeach United picked up a fine 3-0 win at Eynesbury Rovers despite playing the entire second half a man down. Starting with Spalding, any slim hopes that had of mounting a Evo-Stik NPL First Division South title tilt now appears over thanks to goals in ...

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