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Rayment lauds Jellyman capture as duo leave Tulips

Ambitious Spalding United have completed their biggest signing of the summer so far after unveiling Gareth Jellyman as player/coach. The 33-year-old former Peterborough United left back joins the Tulips from Corby Town and is a direct replacement for the popular Danny Hussey, who has left the club for personal reasons. Jellyman, who played more than 100 games for both Posh ...

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Holbeach United seal deals for fantastic four

Excited Holbeach United boss John Chand has already snapped up four impressive signings for next season. Chand, who returned to Carter’s Park just over two weeks ago, has agreements with Jonny Allen, Adam Jackson, Tom Roberts and Gary King. Versatile defender Allen, left back Jackson and keeper Roberts all join from UCL Premier Division champions Spalding United, while striker King ...

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‘Unplayable’ duo deliver for Long Sutton

Long Sutton 1st (29-0) beat Stamford Town 1st (28) by 10 wickets A stunning bowling display from Barry Stanway and Paul Edgeller helped Long Sutton smash Stamford in style on Saturday. Pace aces Edgeller (5-16) and Stanway (5-9) took all ten wickets to skittle host Stamford out for just 28 in the South Lincs and Border League Premier Division clash. ...

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Familiar faces fill top three at Spalding time trial

Poor weather dogged the fifth round of Spalding Cycling Club’s ten mile time trial league – but there was no change to the top trio of finishers. Neil Palmer (23.41mins), Chris Ward (23.51mins) and under-18 Sam Bentley in (24.37mins) once again set the pace, with Tilly Gurney the first lady home and top female under-16 racer in 29.58mins. Sophie Wright ...

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Kearns: Town can mix it with Lincs ECB big boys

Towering Spalding Town bowler Charlie Kearns is expecting a tight title race in this year’s Lincs ECB Premier League. The seamer, who took two wickets in Saturday’s rain-hit losing draw against Bourne at Spalding Grammar School, feels there’s nothing to choose between the top six teams. Spalding slipped from second to fourth after last weekend’s six point haul – which ...

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Spalding Indoor Bowls Club – offering a game for all for life

“Bowls is an old man’s game, isn’t it?” Well, that is far from the truth these days, especially at Spalding Indoor Bowls Club. The club, its committee and qualified coaches ensure that bowls is open to all – and is a game for life. A club spokesman said: “We try to encourage new members of all ages, of all abilities ...

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Raging Bull deny champs a darts treble

Bull won a nail-biting Florida Cup final to deny Five Bells C a Holbeach and District Darts League treble on finals night last Friday. In what was the first match of the night at Tigers Social Club, Bull’s Alex Gostic won a final-leg thriller to edge out the champions 10-9. There was a similar story in the Skelton Cup final, ...

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Title-winning skipper Stevens leaves Tulips

Defensive lynchpin and UCL Premier Division-winning captain Jamie Stevens has left Spalding United. The centre-back, who also skippered Holbeach United to UCL glory in 2013, has rejected fresh terms from the Tulips and is now deemed a free agent. Spalding supremo Pat Rayment told The Spalding and South Holland Voice that he believes Stevens has been offered more money elsewhere. He ...

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Harriers get off to a flier in league opener

Nene Valley Harriers won their opening match of the East Anglian League as they produced an array of top performances at the Bury St Edmunds athletics track. The Harriers won the under-17, under-15 boys and the under-15 girls competitions outright, claiming valuable points for the team and making a strong contribution to the overall result. Under-15 athletes Kai Harrison and ...

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Holbeach sports academy construction to start in June

  A proposed sports academy in Holbeach has received a £340,000 grant and could be built by the end of the year. Kings Academy, as it will be known, will comprise five grass pitches, four changing rooms, an officials’ room, kitchen and community hall. Holbeach United Football Club has always had a thriving youth section and this project – started ...

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Promotion was always on for Holbeach Reserves

Holbeach United Reserves are celebrating promotion to the ChromaSport Peterborough League… despite losing 2-1 at Thorney on the final day of the Division One season. Needing a point to clinch second place on Saturday, the Tigers found themselves 2-0 down at the home of the champions before striker Tom Waumsley pulled one back in the second half. It mattered little, ...

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Fun to be had at summer table tennis sessions

The Spalding and District Table Tennis League has now switched to summer mode – and anybody interested in taking up the sport is being urged to give it a try. There are up to nine tables available at the Castle Sports Complex every Wednesday night for those members or visitors who wish to practice or just have a sociable evening ...

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Invincible Pinchbeck Sunday end season in style

Unbeatable Spalding Sunday League champions Pinchbeck United Sunday rounded off their title-winning season with a devastating 9-4 win over Punchbowl Panthers. In-form Jonny Clay – usually a defender – made it seven goals in two games with a four-goal haul for Tom Roberts’ side, with Ricky Drury also chipping in with a hat-trick. Ricky Dickinson and Andy Law completed the ...

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Gongs galore for Nene Valley athletes

Athletes from Nene Valley Harriers claimed eight of the 12 trophies up for grabs at the 25th annual Langtoft 10k race. The 10k and 3k were both officially started by local coaching legend Russ Prosser, from Nene Valley, who ran a swift 33.11mins when he competed in the first ever Langtoft 10k in 1989. Bushfield Joggers’ Brian Corleys took the ...

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Town hang on for draw to deny Bourne

Spalding Town 1st held on to collect a losing draw against much-fancied Bourne 1st in the Lincs ECB Premier League on Saturday. On a rain-hit day across the league, Town won the toss and elected to bat first at Spalding Grammar School. That proved no problem for big-hitting Bourne, who racked up 260-5 thanks to top knocks from Stuart Airey ...

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Super Sutton smash Stamford

Paul Edgeller and Barry Stanway both took five wickets to guide Long Sutton 1st to a resounding ten-wicket win over Stamford in South Lincs and Border League Premier Division on Saturday. Sutton aces Edgeller (5-16) and Stanway (5-9) took all ten wickets to skittle Stamford out for just 28, before knocking the runs off comfortably. Rain washed out most of ...

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Jellyman and Conroy join Spalding United

Spalding United have snapped up Gareth Jellyman and Nick Conroy as player/coaches as they begin their summer signing spree. Tulips chief Pat Rayment has moved swiftly to snap-up former Peterborough United and Boston United full-back Jellyman, who spent last season with Corby Town. The 33-year-old, who made more than 100 appearances for Posh in the Football League, is expected to ...

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Simon shines on week of top scores at Spalding

A spree of super scores were recorded as 20 of the 150 entrants went around at par or better at Spalding Golf Club’s monthly medal. Simon Goemans (90-25=65) came out on top in the 15-28 handicap category at the Surfleet course with a best of the day nett 65 – which earned him a four stroke handicap reduction. Andy Cunnington ...

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Mary’s medal win secures Spalding shot reduction

  Mary Gould saw off 38 other Spalding Golf Club ladies to lift the May Medal (sponsored by Hills Department store) prize at the Surfleet course. Her score of net 71 was enough for top spot – and secured a handicap reduction of two shots in the process. The silver division winner was Barbara Newcombe with a net 72, ahead ...

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Tulips close on ‘exciting signings’

Pat Rayment has promised Spalding United fans that big signings are imminent ahead of their return to step four of the non-league ladder. The Tulips chief has been talking to a number of big names and expects to announce exciting news in the coming weeks. Rayment also revealed that key midfielders Chris Hall and Lewis Webb have agreed to stay, ...

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