Tulips

Smith set for Spalding switch as Holbeach close on Tidswell

Spalding United are hoping to bring in King’s Lynn Town striker Gregg Smith as they brace themselves for Andrew Tidswell’s expected departure to South Holland rivals Holbeach United. Tulips chief Pat Rayment believes that a move for Lynn hitman Smith is “a done deal” and expects the former Grantham Town marksman to be in his squad at Brigg Town on ...

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Debut delight for Nolan as Spalding United sink leaders

Spalding United 1 Sutton Coldfield Town 0 A debut strike from Matt Nolan fired Spalding United to a vital 1-0 victory against long-term Evo-Stik League First Division South leaders Sutton Coldfield Town on Saturday. The ex-St Neots Town forward, signed from South Holland rivals Holbeach United on Friday, bundled home a close-range effort 15 minutes from time to settle a ...

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Tidswell must decide on Spalding United future ‘by weekend’

Andrew Tidswell has been given until this weekend to decide on his Spalding United future. The striker, who is on contract at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field, has been placed on gardening leave by boss Pat Rayment after an honest discussion between the pair last Tuesday night. Tidswell is understood to be considering all options available to him – ...

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Pat’s penalty curse strikes again for Tulips after impressive Ilkeston show

Ilkeston 2 Spalding Utd 2 Pat Rayment was left cursing the lottery of a penalty shoot-out once again as his Spalding United side were dumped out of the Doodson Sport Cup in cruel fashion. The Tulips twice led their Evo-Stik League Premier Division hosts in Tuesday night’s quarter-final clash thanks to strikes from Michael Leary (16) and Mitch Griffiths (48). ...

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Seven-up Tigers bounce back, Tulips pay the penalty

Holbeach United cruised to a 7-0 win at Harrowby United in the UCL Premier Division on Tuesday night, while Spalding United went out of the Doodson Sport Cup 5-4 on penalties after a 2-2 draw at Ilkeston. Starting with the Tigers, goals from Craig Parker (15 & 35), Jake Duffy (29), Lee Dube (38) Stacy Cartwright (65), Matt Nolan (67) ...

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Spalding United’s title tilt takes a hit at Mickleover

Mickleover Sports 2 Spalding United 1 Pat Rayment felt his Spalding United side were too light in attack as they slipped to a costly defeat at Evo-Stik League First Division South title rivals Mickleover on Saturday. Jamie Stevens nodded the Tulips ahead inside 35 seconds of the Derbyshire duel, but strikes from Gary Ricketts (21) and Andrew Dales (64) gave ...

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Holbeach lose FA Vase thriller, Tulips beaten again, Moulton reach final

Holbeach United saw their FA Vase dream shattered by a 3-2 extra-time defeat against Erith and Belvedere on Saturday, while Spalding United suffered a potentially costly 2-1 loss at Evo-Stik League First Division South title rivals Mickleover Sports. Starting with the Tigers, all looked to be going to plan at Carter’s Park when Lee Dube raced onto a Jake Duffy ...

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Imps duo Hodge and Simmons join Spalding United on loan

Spalding United have swooped to sign two young Lincoln City players on loan for a month. Tulips chief Pat Rayment confirmed that short-term deals have been given to midfielder Elliot Hodge and striker Alex Simmons, who both trained at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field on Tuesday night. Hodge is the son of former England, Nottingham Forest and Tottenham left-sider ...

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Jackson sees red as ‘toothless’ Tulips are beaten

Spalding United 0 Tividale 2 Pat Rayment vowed to dip into the transfer market after seeing his Spalding United side lose their 15-game Evo-Stik League First Division South unbeaten streak against Tividale on Saturday. Goals in each half from Jordan Archer (24) and Richard Huckfield (79) earned the visitors a deserved success at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field – ...

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Rayment plays down transfer talk over key Spalding United pair

Spalding United Pat Rayment has moved to clarify the futures of first team regulars Mitch Griffiths and Jamie Stevens after reports suggested that they had signed dual registration forms with Holbeach United and Wisbech Town respectively. Dual registration means that a non-contract player can play for either team he’s registered with at any time, but stipulates that they have to ...

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Tidswell Talk: Clubs can’t put a price on top physios like Holbeach United’s Carol

By Andrew Tidswell Spalding United player and Elite Sports Academy MD This past weekend saw why having a top class physio at a sporting club is paramount. I must start by echoing everyone’s thoughts in wishing Jonny Allen, of Holbeach United, a very speedy recovery from his horrific double leg break he suffered against Cogenhoe United on Saturday. I’m lucky ...

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Oliver will get his chance to shine for ‘misfiring’ Tulips

Pat Rayment wants Ryan Oliver to prove he’s worthy of a regular place in his star-studded Spalding United side. The ex-Deeping Rangers striker, who hasn’t been given too many chances by Rayment since making the switch to the Tulips earlier this season, will start Saturday’s home Evo-Stik League First Division South clash against Tividale on Saturday (3pm). He could be ...

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Tulips assistant manager Ebdon: ‘Difficult pitches stifling good play, but results most important thing’

Spalding Utd 2 Rainworth Miners Welfare 0: It was not a pretty match for supporters to watch, but nevertheless productive for the Tulips who picked up another three points at the Sir Halley Stewart Field and regained fourth spot in Evo-Stik League Division One South. The Tulips are now on a 14-game unbeaten run in league and cup, their last defeat being in the ...

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Injuries threaten to derail Tulips’ drive

Spalding United manager Pat Rayment is considering bolstering his squad after a costly Lincolnshire Senior Trophy defeat at Stamford on Tuesday. The Tulips head to Evo-stik Division One South leaders Newcastle Town on Saturday with serious concerns over Mitch Griffiths (ankle), Jordan Nuttell (dead leg) and Jordan Hempenstall (knee). All three hobbled off in the 1-0 loss at Stamford – ...

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FOOTBALL: Waumsley helps Tulips march on; Moulton Harrox shock title chasers

Tom Waumsley scored again as Spalding United stretched their unbeaten league run to 14 matches with a 2-0 win over Rainworth Miners Welfare. The striker – also on target last weekend in the draw with Norton United – put the Tulips’ noses in front on 47 minutes. However, home fans were only able to breathe easy in the 89th minute when ...

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Spalding United v Rainworth Miners Welfare preview: Tulips look to extend unbeaten run close to four months

Spalding United host lowly Rainworth Miners Welfare on Saturday (3pm) looking to push their unbeaten league run close to four months. The Tulips were last beaten in the league on October 4, at Sheffield FC. In 20 league and cup matches since then, the Tulips have won 15, drawn 4 and lost just once. However, Pat Rayment’s side got out of ...

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TIDSWELL TALK: 24 hours of turmoil at Spalding United highlight need for foundations

Column by Spalding United striker Andrew Tidswell: The big local sporting news last week was the saga that arose at Spalding United. On the eve of the first team’s long away journey to Norton United, manager Pat Rayment handed in his resignation to the club, seemingly ending his three-year tenure. Fast forward 24 hours and I’m standing in the centre ...

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Resigned Rayment returns to see late, late show to ensure it’s not unlucky 13 for Spalding United

Norton United 2 Spalding United 2: Pat Rayment – who quit as Spalding boss on Friday – was back in the dugout to see Tom Waumsley grab a last-gasp equaliser and extend the Tulips’ unbeaten league run to 13 matches. Just five minutes earlier, Lee Clarke had given Spalding hope with a goal to bring it back to 2-1. Norton had ...

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‘Tulips are in three-horse race for league title’ – Rayment

Buoyant Spalding United boss Pat Rayment reckons that his charges are one of three sides capable of winning the Evo-Stik League First Division South title. Rayment believes that the Tulips are battling with Mickleover Sports and Leek Town for top spot, with current leaders Sutton Coldfield Town and second-placed Newcastle Town not on his radar. Spalding, Mickleover and Leek all ...

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Returning Rayment: ‘Structure at Spalding United must change if I am to stay’

Pat Rayment insists change must happen to the structure of Spalding United if he is to remain as manager. Rayment tendered his resignation on Friday and said publicly that he had had enough of an ongoing boardroom struggle. However, his resignation was not accepted by the club and after a lengthy day of discussions he remained in charge. Club chairman ...

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