Sport

Winter wonderland for Ollie and Mark

Ollie Mitchell and Mark Dodds held their nerve to win a thrilling Winter League final at Spalding Golf Club last week. The men’s winter league competition began way back in November last year, with almost 50 pairs playing in all weather conditions – leaving two pairs to contest the final for the Course Stewards Cup. In a high quality final ...

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Tidswell Talk: Positivity helped me beat injury nightmare

By Andrew Tidswell Many of you reading this will have sustained an injury at some stage in your life – whether through sport or general activities. Injuries, unfortunately, are part of life. Whether it’s children falling over on the playground or a more serious injury which takes much longer than a graze to heal. Injuries are psychologically a very hard ...

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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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Open Holbeach United trials next week

Holbeach United Community Sports Academy are holding football trials next week. Trials will be at the University Academy Holbeach (formerly George Farmer)playing fields on Monday and Tuesday (6-8pm). They are for those interested in playing for Holbeach’s thriving and successful youth section next season. Those children interested in playing at under-10, under-11, under-12, under-13 and under-14 (school years five to ...

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Drury targeting top trophies with Tigers

New Holbeach United joint-boss Graham Drury believes that winning the FA Vase and UCL Premier Division are achievable goals next season. The former Boston United, Stamford and Corby Town chief agreed to join forces with John Chand at Carter’s Park after holding talks last week – ending his 15-month sabbatical from the game. Drury admits that he was surprised to ...

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Top award for Eric at successful snooker bash

Prizes aplenty were dished out on Friday night as the Spalding and District Snooker and Billiards League held their annual dinner dance and trophy presentation bash. All of the winners got their hands on silverware at the Springfields Events Centre showpiece, which brought the curtain down on another top campaign. The sought-after Highest Achievement Award went to league legend Eric ...

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Comment: Euro king Gareth should be praised for Bale-ing out

At a time when English Premier League clubs are being criticised for neglecting British talent, it was perhaps fitting that one of our best exports was scoring the winner in Saturday’s UEFA Champions League final. While the talent pool in England grows smaller by the year, Gareth Bale is walking the lonely road as a Brit abroad with the world’s ...

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Gray climbs Euro rankings in Austria

Spalding and District Snooker League ace Mark Gray is now ranked seventh in the European pool rankings after a strong showing in Austria over the weekend. The former snooker professional, nicknamed ‘Granite’, placed fifth at the third event on the Euro Tour Series at Sankt Johann. A whopping 160 entries contested the event, which was played in a double elimination ...

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‘Motivator’ Graham gets Jones backing

Respected Stamford AFC skipper Richard Jones has backed Graham Drury to be a big success at Holbeach United. Drury brought the talented defender to Stamford back in 2012 and immediately made him captain. The duo were pivotal in guiding the Daniels to second place in Evo-Stik League Division One South before the boss moved on to Boston United. And Jones, ...

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Spalding Town target return to winning ways

Rob Ambrose has challenged his Spalding Town side to get back on winning form against struggling Skegness on Saturday. Town have failed to get winning results in each of their last two league games against Sleaford and Bourne, leaving them sixth in the early standings. Last weekend’s home tussle with high-flying Woodhall Spa was cancelled after heavy rain, leaving Town ...

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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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Vital funds raised at Spalding RFC’s golf day

Spalding Rugby Club’s highly successful golf day raised more than £1,500 for the new ground development of the club’s mini and junior sections. Some 70 golfers took part in the Spalding Golf Club hosted event, which was followed by a dinner and prize presentations back at the Memorial Field. Spalding RFC thank local businesses for their support and sponsorship.

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Road runner Pike chalks up another 10k victory

In-form Spalding athlete John Pike secured another win on the road as he stormed to victory at the Deepings Rotary 10k. Pike, who emerged victorious from the Eye 10k a week earlier, finished more than a minute ahead of his nearest competitor. Representing his club Newham and Essex Beagles, Pike clocked 34.39mins to ease Stamford Striders’ Simon Fell (35.40mins) into ...

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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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Spalding Town starlets fall 11 runs short

Spalding Town under-11s came up just short in a hard-fought battle at Billingborough. Joe Maltby grabbed a wicket as the Spalding lads limited their hosts to 169-2 from their 16 overs (both sides started on 100). Daniel Plant (bowled three overs for nine runs) and Cameron McCallum (two overs for six runs) were the pick of the bowlers, though. The ...

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Spalding Town’s young guns emphatically break duck

Rampant Spalding Town under-13s achieved their first win of the season by demolishing South Holland neighbours Long Sutton. Batting first, Spalding captain Paddy Harrington and Jon Manton started carefully but were able to score more freely when the bowlers overpitched. Manton (13) was caught lofting a drive on the off side but Harrington proceeded to the retirement score, hitting 32 ...

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Seven-up Jordan guides Spalding to MK double

Rampant Spalding Water Polo Club completed an impressive double over rivals City of Milton Keynes with a thumping 20-5 triumph on Thursday night. Spalding knew that a win would put them in the driving seat to avoid relegation and remain in Herts League Division One in what is their first season in the top flight. And boy did they deliver, ...

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Ford shows focus to secure Burton Cup

Ian Ford scored a superb 41 Stableford points to win one of Spalding Golf Club’s extremely popular Burton Cup competition. The 23-handicapper held off the challenge of over 150 other golfers to take the much coveted trophy by a single point at the Surfleet course. Paul Green (16 handicap) just edged second spot on countback from John Goode (16) after ...

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Derby delight for in-form Spalding ladies

In-form Spalding Golf Club ladies earned a fine 3-1 home success over Lincolnshire rivals Sleaford. Chris Vickers and Avril Norton (1 down) were the only duo to suffer defeat for Spalding, with Jenny Wilson and Angela Roper (5&4), Millie Thorold and Theresa Starbuck (1up) and Anne Ellis and Chris Leggett (2up) all winners. Spalding’s ladies secured a fine 4-0 win ...

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Wet weekend decimates cricket schedule

None of South Holland’s cricket teams managed to even bowl a ball in the Lincs ECB Premier League or South Lincs and Border League on Saturday. Heavy rain on Saturday ensured that all games involving Spalding Town, Long Sutton, Moulton Harrox and Pinchbeck were cancelled. The weather was so bad that only one game was possible across the two leagues. ...

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