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Contrasting fortunes for Tulips and Tigers

Spalding United earned an impressive 1-0 win over Boston United on Tuesday night – but South Holland neighbours Holbeach United were pasted 5-0 at Gainsborough Trinity. Jordan Thomas struck 11 minutes from time to earn the Tulips their second pre-season friendly success in four days, while Paul Beasley, Conor Higginson (2),  Darryn Stamp and Grant Roberts struck to tame the Tigers. ...

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Transfer latest: Watson leaves Tigers as Tulips and Pinchbeck swoop

South Holland trio Spalding United, Holbeach United and Pinchbeck United were all involved in transfers on Monday. Spalding swooped to seal a deal for former Worksop Town, Gainsborough Trinity and Alfreton forward Ash Burberry as Pat Rayment looks to add the finishing touches to his squad. Burberry, who is 24, can play either on the wing or in attack and ...

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Pat pleased to see Tulip Tidswell net

Peterborough Sports 0 Spalding United 2 Goal machine Andrew Tidswell made a scoring return for the Tulips on Saturday as they cruised to a 2-0 triumph at Peterborough Sports. Last season’s top scorer, who missed the second half of the season through injury, notched with a low drive in the second half of Spalding’s pre-season opener. Defender Nathan Stainfield completed ...

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Tulips and Tigers off to winning starts

Both Spalding United and Holbeach United made winning starts to their pre-season campaigns on Saturday. Goals from Andrew Tidswell and Nathan Stainfield earned the Tulips a 2-0 triumph at Peterborough Sports, while Danny Spencer (2), Ash Fuller and Ollie Pinner netted for the Tigers in a 4-0 home victory against Louth Town. Both of Spalding’s goals came in the second ...

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Two trialists for Tulips ahead of opener

Spalding United have enjoyed a busy summer in the transfer market – but two more players are bidding to catch Pat Rayment’s eye. Former Tottenham Hotspur and Barnet defender Andy Hodges (28) and teenage ex-Boston United Reserves midfielder Lewis McKue have both been training with the Tulips and could play a part in Saturday’s pre-season opener at UCL Division One ...

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Tulips’ academy boasts top class coaches

With the new football season rapidly approaching Spalding United are offering the younger generation the ideal opportunity to get into the swing of things by taking part in their first ever three-day Summer Soccer Academy. The event is being led by the club’s leading marksman Andrew Tidswell and first team assistant manager, former Peterborough United and Everton star Marcus Ebdon, ...

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Spalding United seal swoop for striker Thomas

Spalding United have swooped to seal a deal that brings speedy striker Jordan Thomas back to the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field. The forward, who impressed during a loan spell from Lincoln City last season, has had a change of heart over re-locating to Newcastle. Thomas will be the fourth striker on the Tulips’s books, joining Andrew Tidswell, Mark Jones ...

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All you need to know about FA draws for Tigers and Tulips

South Holland duo Spalding United and Holbeach United learned their fate in the three FA competitions today (Friday). In the FA Cup, Holbeach will make the trip to Diss Town in the extra preliminary round on August 16 – with the winners banking £1,500 in prize money. There is then a chance of a Lincolnshire derby in the preliminary stage, ...

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Tidswell Talk: Why I have never enjoyed a pre-season

By Andrew Tidswell It’s that time of year again that all footballers dread. Apart from being back with the team and discussing summer events it’s a time for a lot of hard work, sweat and pain. I personally have never enjoyed a pre-season at any club I have been at. But, having said that, some people relish the opportunity to ...

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Rayment wanted Tulips to have local core

On the eve of his third pre-season with the club, Spalding United manager Pat Rayment has spoken of his regret that last year’s UCL Premier Division winning squad has broken up. The Tulips waltzed to the league title last term, winning 32 of their 36 games en-route to amassing 97 points and promotion to Evo-Stik League Division One South. But ...

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TULIPS: Bore becomes ninth player on contract

Peter Bore has become Spalding United’s ninth signing currently on contract. Manager Pat Rayment is purring after adding yet another quality cog to the Tulips’ machine. Bore, who was at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field on loan briefly last season, has been brought in after news that James Cullingworth will miss all of pre-season and some of the Evo-Stik ...

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Rayment relaxed over Ross’s Spalding U-turn

Pat Rayment admits he has “mixed emotions” over Ian Ross’ decision to turn down Spalding United. The former Boston United skipper, who is now likely to join Belper Town, had agreed terms with the Tulips prior to going on holiday. But he’s since informed Tulips chief Pat Rayment that he’s decided against the switch to the Sir Halley Stewart Playing ...

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Spalding swoop for Trinity skipper Leary

Former Gainsborough Trinity captain Michael Leary has become the latest – and final – big name summer signing for Spalding United. The 31-year-old midfielder, who also lists Luton Town, Barnet and Grimsby Town among his former clubs, sealed a deal with the Tulips on Thursday morning. Spalding supremo Pat Rayment is absolutely ecstatic after completing the capture of another top ...

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Goal-getter Tom swaps Tigers for Tulips

Holbeach United hot-shot Tom Waumsley has surprisingly crossed the South Holland divide after completing a move to Spalding United. The former Bourne Town and Deeping Rangers hitman, who was the Tigers’ leading scorer under Glen Maddison last season, agreed terms with Spalding on Wednesday. Tulips chief Pat Rayment moved to snap-up Waumsley after missing out on Lincoln City forward Jordan ...

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Spalding United to field a reserve side next season

Spalding United have confirmed that they are to run a reserve team this coming season. The all-new Spalding United Reserves will be managed by Kev Nottingham (last season’s under-18 supremo), with assistance from Andy Coaten. They will play in Division Two of the Chromasports and Trophies Peterborough and District League. It’s the first time in more than a decade that ...

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Spalding agree deal for former Boston skipper Ross

Spalding United are closing on another incredible transfer coup after verbally agreeing a deal for ex-Boston United captain Ian Ross. The 28-year-old midfielder shook hands on a one-year deal with the Tulips on Wednesday, having decided to leave York Street at the end of last season. Ross is expected to sign the contract after he returns from a close-season break and ...

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Spalding’s Stainfield ‘head and shoulders’ above rest

Talismanic defender Nathan Stainfield picked up four of the five awards on offer at Spalding United’s end of season awards night. The popular centre back was named manager’s player of the season, players’ player of the year, and supporters’ player of the year at the Springfields Events Centre bash on Saturday – while also winning the man-of-the-match series trophy. Tulips’ ...

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Cullingworth is latest Spalding signing

Full-back James Cullingworth has become the third Spalding United signing of the week. The defender, who can play on either side, follows Julian Kelly and Kern Miller in agreeing terms with the Tulips. Formerly of Boston United and Ilkeston, the 26-year-old arrives at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field from Belper Town. Having won promotion with all three of his ...

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Pat: Kelly is Spalding’s biggest ever signing

Spalding United boss Pat Rayment has declared himself ‘ecstatic’ after sealing a deal to bring former Arsenal youth talent Julian Kelly to the club. Kelly, who agreed terms with the Tulips on Wednesday morning after protracted negotiations, has already been labelled the club’s ‘greatest ever signing’. Equally adept at right back, left back and on either flank, the 24-year old ...

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It’s Miller time for Tulips as Kern signs

Defender Kern Miller has become Spalding United’s third signing of the summer. The centre back, formerly of Boston United, Lincoln City, Barnsley, Accrington Stanley and Hereford, was with Lincoln United last season. Tulips chief Pat Rayment is a long-term admirer of the 22-year-old and has backed him to shine at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field. He said: “Kern is ...

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