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More misery for basement boys Spalding RFC

Spalding RFC’s tough start to life back in Midlands One East continued on Saturday as they were handed a 44-10 home reverse by fellow strugglers Huntingdon and District. The Memorial Field defeat is Town’s fourth defeat in as many games – and they are the only side in the division who are yet to collect a point. More worryingly for ...

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Nene Valley Harriers toast their successful season

By Ruth Jones Nene Valley Harriers celebrated the end of one of the club’s most successful track and field seasons when more than 100 athletes attempted to run, jump or throw their way to a new personal best at Peterborough’s Embankment track. The cold, foggy conditions were not conducive to fast times in the nine graded 800m races. Nevertheless, athletes ...

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Tidswell Talk: Why I love coaching South Holland’s kids

By Andrew Tidswell This week I wanted to share what it’s like being a full time coach and the ins and outs of the day-to-day schedules. For starters, as a sports lover, I would not change what I do for anything. I am very grateful to be able to do what I love and call it my job. The day-to-day ...

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Spalding’s Taylor shines for Nene Valley at relays

By Ruth Jones Nene Valley Harriers took their largest contingent of athletes in years to compete at the Southern Road Relays – and reaped the rewards for making the long journey to Aldershot. The annual relays, held at the Rushmoor Arena in Hampshire, attract hundreds of athletes from across the whole of the South of England, including elite runners who ...

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Dynamo magic will boost Spalding United’s FA Cup hopes

Norton United will be quaking in their boots after seeing Spalding United’s result on Tuesday night. That’s the view of Tulips supremo Pat Rayment, who is full of confidence ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup second round qualifying tie in Staffordshire (3pm). The above mentioned 6-0 romp at Loughborough Dynamo moved Spalding four points clear of 15th-placed Norton in the Evo-Stik ...

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Dan’s the man again for scorching-hot Pinchbeck Sunday

In-form Dan Woods stole the show as Pinchbeck United Sunday continued their incredible early-season form in the Spalding Sunday League at the weekend. Winger Woods, who bagged braces in each of Pinchbeck’s wins prior to Sunday’s home battle with Sutton Bridge Sunday, took his tally for the season to nine with a fantastic five-goal salvo as the champions cruised to ...

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New table tennis trophy honours Maurice’s legacy

The life of Spalding and District Table Tennis League legend Maurice Chilvers has been honoured by a new trophy. The former member and chairman, often referred to as Tony, was one of the league’s longest serving figures before his death this summer. To mark his association with the league, Maurice’s nephew Murray Chilvers and relative Ivan Croft, who have been ...

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Saracen’s Head ace Stafford shines at Oulton Park

Ben Stafford again showed his seemingly limitless potential as he joined two Silicone Engineering team-mates to compete in the Hottrax three-hour endurance race at Oulton Park. Along with Russ Mountford and Malachi Mitchell-Thomas, the trio competed in the 1000cc class due to Mountford riding a ZX10 machine. This instantly put them at a great disadvantage, as the other two riders ...

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Sharks fend off Orcas’ comeback in Spalding derby

Spalding Water Polo Club’s first match in the 2014/15 East Midlands League involved the two home teams – and it turned out to be a thriller. The town’s two sides – Spalding Sharks and Spalding Orcas – did battle, with the Sharks running out as eventual winners at 15-12. The Sharks started the match at a frantic pace, with Tim Shields ...

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Holbeach’s Rudd brothers in fine form at Chatteris

Holbeach brothers Ryan, Ashley and Kieran Rudd all impressed for Team TRM at the first round of the Winter Series at Peterborough Motocross Club’s Chatteris track over the weekend. In the Juniors’ section, ten-year-old Kieran grabbed a hat-trick of second places. He also grabbed two holeshots, which earned him the ‘holeshot trophy’. Ashley had the exact same set of results ...

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Leisure League is proving three-sy for Polishborough

Polishborough are the only side in Division One of the Spalding six-a-side Leisure League to have a 100 per cent record from three games after battling past Brennan’s Sports on Monday. Captain Tomasz Rabiega picked up his third man-of-the-match gong in the physical clash, as Borough went two points clear at the top. Earlier in the night at Glen Park, ...

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Sam has Spalding’s young guns singing the Blues

Junior football: Spalding United youth round-up Sam East fired a late winner to earn Spalding United Blue under-15s an exciting 3-2 win over Wisbech Yellow under-15s at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field. In what was their first game at the Sir Halley this season, Spalding started slowly and fell behind. But they were soon level when Jake Hollis used ...

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Holbeach hammer Harrowby to return to the top

Holbeach United 5 Harrowby United 1 Free-scoring Holbeach made it ten goals in five days as they returned to the top of the UCL Premier Division in style by hammering Harrowby on Wednesday night. The Tigers bossed the Carter’s Park clash from start to finish and led 2-0 at half time thanks to Jamie Clarke’s third goal in two games ...

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Six of the very best for Spalding United

Loughborough Dynamo 0 Spalding United 6 Proud Pat Rayment saluted the best result of his near three-year tenure as Spalding United boss on Tuesday night as his side obliterated Evo-Stik League First Division South leaders Loughborough Dynamo 6-0. The terrific Tulips led 2-0 at the break thanks to goals from Ash Burbeary (13) and Andrew Tidswell, before Mitch Griffiths (53 ...

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Five-star Spalding 2nd make the perfect start

Doubles from Glenn Perkins and Hector Moore guided Spalding 2nd to a sublime 5-0 win in their first East Men’s Hockey League Division 3NW clash on Saturday. Their victims at Glen Park were St Ives 2nd, who found Spalding too hot to handle in every department. Mike Riley opened the scoring with a neat flick into the net, before Perkins ...

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Spalding Town 2nd secure historic promotion to top flight

Spalding 2nd (244-2) v Long Sutton 2nd (120-8)  (match abandoned) Spalding Town 2nd skipper Steve Norris toasted the best performance of their season after seeing his side clinch promotion to the Premier Division of the South Lincs and Border League on the final day. Simon Juckes clubbed 93 off just 48 balls as Town made 244-2 batting first at Paradise ...

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Four-midable snooker pair remain top in Division Three

There’s seemingly no stopping Gosberton D and Pyramid E in Division Three of Spalding and District Snooker League. Both sides made it four wins from as many games last Thursday night, with Gosberton D edging out Consti E and Pyramid E seeing off Services D. Gosberton’s win was incredibly hard-fought, as they needed frame victories from Nigel Goodwin (R21), Shane ...

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You can Bank on Holbeach for South Holland’s sole league win

Holbeach Bank picked up South Holland’s sole three-point haul in the ChromaSport Peterborough and District League on Saturday. On a weekend dominated by cup action, a double from Lee Hunt and strikes from Steve Parker and Jamie Forman eased Bank to a 4-0 Division Four success at Glinton and Northborough Reserves. In the same division, Joe Deboo’s double helped sentence ...

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Tidswell Talk: The truth about us non-league players

By Andrew Tidswell (Spalding United player and Elite Sports Academy MD) The lower regions of the Football League and the entirety of non-league football are on my agenda this week. Many of you on the outside and looking in on the day-to-day running of a non-league club can easily be misled. The ‘many’ I speak about are often the fans ...

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Poachers and Long Sutton get seasons off to fliers

Both Spalding Poachers 1st and Long Sutton ladies’ 1st made incredible starts to the new East Women’s Hockey League Division 2NW season on Saturday. Spalding, who won the county title over the summer, continued their outstanding pre-season form by thrashing Ely City 1st 11-0 to go top. Katie Gray (5), Kelly Tuplin (4), Kelly Slater and Jacqui Hunter all notched ...

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