Tulips

Spalding United’s centenary plans are out of date

Spalding United’s plans for celebrating the club’s centenary in three years time have been firmly kicked into touch, writes Ray Tucker. Spasmodic conversations had been taking place on how best to celebrate the club’s 100 years of activity. Documentation had shown the club forming in 1921, but recent research revealed the club had missed the birthday boat by quite a ...

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Miserable Christmas leaves Tulips in trouble

Spalding United manager Matt Easton remains upbeat despite three defeats over Christmas having plunged the Tulips back in to the Evo-Stik East relegation dog fight. United went into the Christmas period in good form following back-to-back wins, but they suffered three consecutive defeats over the festive period. New Year’s Day’s 2-1 loss to a Wisbech Town side who began the ...

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New Year starts with a home defeat for Spalding

Evo-Stik East Division Spalding United 1 Wisbech Town 2 It was not the start to the New Year Spalding United wanted as they lost to a Wisbech side who began 2019 second from bottom in the Evo-Stik East. A defensive horror show which saw Conor Marshall put through his own net in the 62nd minute proved decisive with the Tulips ...

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Tulips’ Boxing Day away day blues

EvoStik East Brighouse Town 3 Spalding United 1 Holiday fixtures, particularly those around Christmas are traditionally all about local derby games, writes Ray Tucker, but the Tulips’ activity on Boxing Day involved a journey of 238 miles. But four hours on congested motorways into the West Riding of Yorkshire was rewarded with a 3-1 defeat to second placed and promotion ...

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Winning run brought to an end in dramatic late drama

Evo-Stik East Spalding United 1 Cleethorpes Town 2 A late goal completely out of the blue denied the Tulips a share of the NPL EvoStik East Division points on December 22 to end an excellent run, writes Ray Tucker. The game, keenly contested throughout seemed destined to end all square. But it all changed with ten minutes remaining when The ...

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Boxing Day round up – Stalemate in local derby while Tulips lose away

The honours were shared as the United Counties League Premier Division derby between Pinchbeck and Holbeach Uniteds ended 0-0. Neither side was able to take any of the few chances at the Sir Halley. It was also a Boxing Day to forget for Spalding United in the Evo-Stik East Division who instead of a local derby faced a 220 mile ...

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Defeats for Tulips and Tigers but fine win for Pinchbeck – Weekend round up

Spalding United were edged out 2-1 by Cleethorpes Town in the Evo-Stik East Division this afternoon. Josh Batty gave the visitors to the Halley Stewart the lead five minutes before half time, but the Tulips responded well with Kieran Wells scoring his second in two games to level in the 55th minute. A tight game was settled by a Scott ...

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Tulips are on the up ahead of Christmas

Everything is looking up for Spalding United as the club heads into the festive fixtures. Back-to-back wins have lifted the Tulips up to 13th in the EvoStik NPL East Division. New manager Matt Easton is starting to shape the side in his vision and his signings are having an impact. He also says that Spalding have a clean bill of ...

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Tulips beat Mansfield for second successive victory

Spalding United maintained their excellent festive month form with victory amid horrendous conditions in Nottinghamshire. Victory over basement side AFC Mansfield at Forest Town Arena gave the Tulips a total of seven points from a possible nine from their last three games and elevated them another two places up the EvoStik NPL East Division table. Playing conditions however, were far ...

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Big win for Spalding United – Football round up 15/12

Spalding United pulled off a huge win in the Evo-Stick Division with a 2-1 victory at basement boys AFC Mansfield. First half goals from James Hugo (9) and new signing Kieran Well (28) set the Tulips on their way to a second successive victory. Giuseppe Iaciofano halved the deficit just before the hour mark and Mansfield threw men forward looking ...

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Easton feels that Spalding United’s new ‘blues brothers’ have given the squad a boost

Upbeat boss Matt Easton admits that the double swoop for brothers Bradley and Kieran Wells has given his Spalding United side a much-needed shot in the arm. The attacking duo joined the Tulips late last week and both featured in the 2-1 win over Belper Town on Saturday (see page 37), making an instant impact in the process. Both are ...

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Easton offers high praise as late Mettam magic seals spectacular Spalding United victory

Spalding United 2 Belper Town 1 Super-sub Leon Mettam came off the bench with just nine minutes of normal playing time remaining to score twice and provide Spalding United with only their second home Evo-Stik League East Division victory of the season on Saturday. Mettam replaced the injured Jenk Acar in the 81st minute and just four minutes later had ...

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Saturday football: Late Mettam double fires Tulips to win, Tigers smash seven and Pinchbeck held

A last-gasp Leon Mettam penalty gave Spalding United a surprise 2-1 win over Belper Town on Saturday, while Holbeach United romped to a 7-0 victory at Wellingborough Whitworth and Pinchbeck United drew 2-2 at Wellingborough Town. Starting with Spalding, two goals in the final seven minutes from Mettam gave them an unlikely Evo-Stik NPL East Division win at the Sir ...

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Easton buoyed by Spalding United’s strength of character ahead of Belper battle

Despite seeing his Spalding United side drop into the bottom two in Evo-Stik NPL East Division, boss Matt Easton insists that he has much to pleased about. The Tulips chief was delighted to see his side “sneak” a draw at relegation rivals Stockbridge Park Steels last weekend (see page 37) despite being down to the bare bones squad-wise. He’s hoping ...

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It’s Marshall law for Spadling United as Conor grabs a late leveller

Stocksbridge Park Steels 1 Spalding United 1 By RAY TUCKER Michael Duggan making a penalty save and Conor Marshall scoring a last-gasp leveller were key factors in Spalding United returning home from Yorkshire with a valuable Evo-Stik League East Division point on Saturday. Keeper Duggan tipped a 38th-minute Scott Ruthven penalty past the post at Stocksbridge Park Steels, while Marshall’s ...

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Saturday football: Tulips snatch late point, Tigers out of FA Vase and Pinchbeck back to winning ways

Spalding United netted a last-gasp leveller to secure a 1-1 draw at Stocksbridge Park Steels on Saturday, while Holbeach United suffered a 2-0 FA Vase defeat at Godmanchester Rovers and Pinchbeck United bagged a 2-0 home success over Peterborough Northern Star. Starting with the Tulips, they looked set for another defeat in Evo-Stik NPL Division One East when Litchfield fired ...

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Easton: Lowly Spalding United are better than league position suggests

Boss Matt Easton reckons that Spalding United are in a false position in Evo-Stik NPL Division One East. After suffering last-gasp heartache against high-flying Tadcaster Albion last Saturday (see page 37), the Tulips dropped down to 18th in the table – just one point off the foot. However, the Tulips have just endured a November that saw them play a ...

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Late heartbreak for Spalding United after much-improved show

Spalding United 0 Tadcaster Albion 1 A resurgent Spalding United were desperately unfortunate not to get a share of the Evo-Stik League Division One East spoils against high rolling Tadcaster Albion at the Sir Halley Stewart Field on Saturday. Following two back-to-back 3-0 defeats the Tulips pulled out all of the stops to ensure their Yorkshire visitors, holding third place ...

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Saturday football: Tigers back on-song, Tulips suffer late heartbreak and Pinchbeck lose again

Holbeach United got back to winning ways by seeing off Northampton ON Chenecks 2-0 on Saturday, while Spalding United went down 1-0 at home against Tadcaster Albion and Pinchbeck United slipped up 2-0 at Oadby Town. Starting with Holbeach, goals from Jamie Stevens and Luke Avis earned them all three points at Carter’s Park. The victory sends Seb Hayes’ Tigers ...

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Easton urges Spalding United to up their intensity against Tadcaster

Matt Easton wants to see his Spalding United side get physical with high-flying Tadcaster Albion on Saturday (3pm). The Tulips, soundly beaten at fellow big-hitters Pontefract Collieries last weekend, went down with something of a whimper in West Yorkshire. Although Easton maintains that results against the leading sides won’t make a difference to Spalding’s season, he wants to see his ...

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