Tulips

Four-some Tulips get off the mark

Spalding United 4 Brigg Town 1 Spalding United are up and running in Evo-Stik League Division One South after scoring three goals in the final 17 minutes to sink battling Brigg on Tuesday night. All looked to be going to plan for the Tulips when Jamie Thurlbourne fired them ahead on 19 minutes at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing FIeld. ...

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Stainfield out of Spalding United’s Brigg battle

Spalding United are looking for their first Evo-Stik League First Division South points of the season tonight (Tuesday) as they play host to Brigg Town at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field (7.45pm). Both sides lost their openers on Saturday, with Spalding slipping to a 2-0 loss at Sutton Coldfield Town and Brigg beaten 3-1 at home by Loughborough Dynamo. ...

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Pat not fazed by Tulips’ opening day defeat

Sutton Coldfield Town 2 Spalding United 0 Defiant Spalding United boss Pat Rayment doesn’t think his side have anything to fear in Evo-Stik League First Division South this season – despite seeing them lose their opener on Saturday. Goals from Jordan Tunnicliffe (42) and Justin Richards (83) fired Sutton Coldfield Town to a 2-0 triumph on their artificial 3G pitch, ...

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Tigers roar in FA Cup as Tulips beaten in opener

South Holland duo Spalding United and Holbeach United endured mixed fortunes on Saturday. Holbeach cruised to a 5-1 win at Diss Town in the FA Cup, while Spalding slipped to a 2-0 defeat at Sutton Coldfield Town in their Evo-Stik League First Division South opener. Once again Lee Dube was the hero for Holbeach, firing his second hat-trick this week ...

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Tidswell Talk: We couldn’t have asked for a tougher first match

By Andrew Tidswell This weekend sees Spalding United’s return to Evo-Stik League football – with the big kick-off date away at Sutton Coldfield Town on Saturday. It may well be the toughest start we could have hoped for, as Sutton Coldfield play all their home games on an artificial pitch. Having had this pitch for several years, they are well ...

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Tulips ready to deliver in Evo-Stik opener

Spalding United make their much-anticipated return to Evo-Stik League First Division South action on Saturday – and nobody is more relieved than boss Pat Rayment. The Tulips kick off with a 210-mile round-trip to Sutton Coldfield Town, who are the only side in the league to play on an artificial surface. Rayment rates the opener as potentially one of the ...

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Tulips see off Harrox in pre-season finale

Spalding United 3 Moulton Harrox 0 Three second-half goals steered Spalding United to a hard-fought victory over Moulton Harrox on Thursday as both sides concluded their pre-season schedules. After a goalless first period at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing FIeld, strikes from Jordan Thomas (50), Lewis Webb (81) and Nathan Stainfield (86) sealed a 3-0 triumph for the Tulips. Pat ...

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Spalding United host Moulton Harrox in attractive friendly

Two of South Holland’s top teams clash at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field tonight (Thursday) as Spalding United play host to Moulton Harrox (7.45pm). The hastily-arranged clash will serve as a final pre-season friendly for both sides ahead of the start of their respective seasons. Entry will be a reduced £3, with fans of both sides encouraged to attend. ...

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Timely Tidswell treble gets Tulips back on track

Spalding United 5 Wisbech Town 1 Andrew Tidswell fired his second hat-trick of the summer to help get Spalding’s stuttering pre-season back on track in emphatic fashion on Saturday. The striker notched on 1, 27 and 85 minutes against UCL Premier Division outfit Wisbech Town at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field, with Mark Jones (44) and young gun George ...

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Tidswell Talk: I’m hoping for a South Holland UCL hat-trick

By Andrew Tidswell This weekend sees the new United Counties League (UCL) Premier Division campaign get under way. Over the close season and summer months there has been a lot of transfers and new recruits being added to many teams. As ever, whispers of budgets and which teams are going to be the main contenders is the main talk amongst ...

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Pat bemoans ‘worst pre-season’ at Spalding

Spalding United supremo Pat Rayment reckons that he is in the midst of his worst-ever pre-season at the club. A combination of other teams letting the Tulips down and player unavailability has left the UCL Premier Division champions undercooked – and at times embarrassed. That has been the case this week, with Rayment branding last Saturday’s 4-0 drubbing at Deeping ...

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Tigers earn comeback draw at Coalville

Holbeach United battled back to earn an impressive 2-2 draw at higher-graded Coalville Town in their final pre-season friendly on Tuesday night. Goals from Ant Carney and Ash Way put the Evo-Stik League First Division South side 2-0 ahead, but free-scoring defender Niall Delahoy and winger Lee Beeson hit back to secure the Tigers a share of the spoils. Bossed ...

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Welcome boost for Tidswell with all three goals in Tulips’ win at Yaxley

Spalding United boss Pat Rayment was singing the praises of his makeshift side as they swept to a 3-0 success at Yaxley on Thursday. Andrew Tidswell got all three goals to take another important step in his recovery from a career-threatening condition. The striker was on fire last season with more than 30 goals before his campaign was truncated at ...

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Rayment gives Tulips a dressing down on pitch after 4-0 hiding at Deeping Rangers

Embarrassed Spalding United boss Pat Rayment was on the pitch reading the riot act to his makeshift squad after a 4-0 humbling at Deeping Rangers on Saturday. Rayment had been purring with satisfaction after the 3-0 success at Yaxley two days earlier, but he left the players in no doubt about how he felt about this performance. There was no eavesdropping required ...

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Spalding United Under-9s get to play at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium

  Spalding United Under-9s had a day to remember when they played at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium. The boys had a tour of the changing rooms at the Premier League ground, before getting the chance to run out of the tunnel on to the pitch to play some cup games. Pictured are (back, from left) – Daniel Beresford, Ellis Perry-Burdett, Oliver ...

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Jackson: Why I made a quick return to Spalding United from Holbeach United

Defender Adam Jackson has made a swift return to Spalding United to challenge himself further. The left-back is in the squad for Thursday’s friendly at Yaxley after a change of heart over rejoining Holbeach United this summer. He’s expected to sign for the Tulips in the next few days. After winning back-to-back United Counties League Premier Division medals with the ...

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Depleted Tulips no match for King’s Lynn

Spalding United 1 King’s Lynn Town 4 An under-strength Spalding United were handed their first pre-season defeat by classy King’s Lynn Town outfit at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field on Saturday. A clinical brace of penalties from talented Lynn skipper David Bell (3 and 45) and further strikes from ex-Tulip Ross Watson (58) and Michael Frew (81) put Pat ...

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Rayment: Lynn loss a reality check for Tulips

Pat Rayment has admitted that things went ‘horribly wrong’ for his side during Saturday’s 4-1 friendly loss to King’s Lynn Town. David Bell (pen 3 and pen 45), ex-Tulip Ross Watson (58) and Michael Frew (81) all bagged for the Linnets at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field, with Jordan Thomas (48) grabbing a consolation for the hosts (see report here). Spalding ...

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Sutton Coldfield trip first up for promoted Tulips

Spalding United today (Thursday) learned their fixtures for the new Evo-Stik League First Division South season. Pat Rayment’s Tulips, promoted as UCL Premier Division champions, begin away at Sutton Coldfield Town on August 16 (3pm). Their first home game is against Brigg Town the following Tuesday night (7.45pm), while Chasetown and Carlton Town are also opponents in August. Other key ...

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Thomas strikes as impressive Tulips sink Pilgrims

SPALDING UNITED 1 BOSTON UNITED 0 Jordan Thomas netted a classy winner 11 minutes from time to earn the Tulips an eye-catching friendly victory over higher-graded Boston United on Tuesday night. The striker buried a low cross from fellow substitute Andrew Tidswell to make it two wins from as many pre-season games for Pat Rayment’s side. It wasn’t quite a ...

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